Last week, I asked this question:
Will superhero fans still flock to see a post-Endgame web-slinger?
Answer: Yes. Boy howdy, yes.
Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to land in theaters since the MCU’s climactic Avengers: Endgame, has earned a huge $185.1 million since its unusual Tuesday opening. That’s a record for a Tuesday six-day debut, if those estimates hold up. And while Spidey earned “only” $93 million during the standard Friday-through-Sunday weekend, that’s only because half of its fans had already seen it.
‘Course, that $93 million was still enough to send Far From Home to the top of our box-office countdown. According to Box Office Mojo, it’s even doing better than 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming did in its first six days. (It’s earned another $395 million overseas, too, bringing its overhaul haul to about $580.1 million.) Spider-Man might’ve never had much use for the Green Goblin, but this sort of green? Yeah, the webslinger can probably handle it.
Far From Home’s six-day performance makes it the fifth-highest-grossing movie of the year—and one of three Marvel movies to fill 2019’s top five. (The others are, of course, Endgame and Captain Marvel). Clearly, our love of superhero stories hasn’t waned a bit in the wake of Endgame. And while we may be tiring of most sequels, we’re apparently just fine if Marvel wants to crank out another 20 or 30.
Speaking of sequels, Toy Story 4 slid to No. 2 this week after two weeks on top. It earned an estimated $34.3 million, pushing its overall toybox tally to $306.6 million domestically.
Aladdin—now in its seventh week in the top five—finished fifth with $7.6 million. The Will Smith-fronted remake has now earned nearly $320.8 million in North America. That’s more than $100 million more than the original animated classic did. Course, the Robin Williams original was released in 1992, when the dollar was worth more and most people were bartering for movie tickets with sheep and homemade foodstuffs.
Midsommar, the weekend’s other biggish new release, finished outside the top five with a $6.6-million weekend. Like Far From Home, it premiered pretty early in the week (on Wednesday), and has thus picked up a total of $10.9 million during its brief box-office life. While those figures don’t sound that impressive, Box Office Mojo tells us that it’s the biggest indie opening this year. Maybe that’ll be enough for its backers to afford a nice, quiet vacation to rural Sweden. And maybe—if they’re super, super lucky—a safe plane trip back, too.