Spider-Man Swings to No. 1

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Spider-Man Far from Home MM

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.

Yesterday, a Beatles-soaked romance, finished third with about $10.8 million, edging out fourth-place Annabelle Comes Home by about $1 million.

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.

 

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 6 days ago
Saw How to Say Goodbye to Your Dragon at the movie theater today, oops meant to say How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and surprisingly quite enjoyed it. I was never much of a fan of the previous two in the series, thinking the first one was decent but nothing extraordinary and the second one just plain stunk, but this third one shockingly was very sweet in a Wall-E meets EVE kind of way, had some stunning animation especially in regards to the hidden world, had some pretty cool action in it, and was easily the best of the series by far. Even though I'm pretty sure they won't be making any more after this, they sure went out with a bang I thought.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Far From Home was great! Loved the film a lot, probably my favorite of the year so far! Can’t wait for Marvel has for the future of the MCU!

But seriously, that mid credits scene; such a double shock!
Hannah Cole 6 days ago
I'm with you on the mid credits scene. I was all happy that everything had worked out for Peter and then they throw that at us, lol
Anonymous 7 days ago
Yea there is a big spoiler from endgame, but I already knew about it, and was able to enjoy it anyway:)
Chuck Anziulewicz 8 days ago
I went with a friend to see "Midsommar" last Friday, and we were both utterly blown away. And NO, it isn't for everyone. In fact, I suspect most of the people who come to Plugged In for movie reviews should probably stay away. But if you liked Ari Aster's previous film, "Hereditary," you aren't faint-hearted, and can appreciate such a film on IT'S own terms, you might take a chance. There's nothing genuinely supernatural about the film, just some ritualistic pagan traditions that are way, WAY off the deep end. Ari Aster is all about exploring unbearably painful emotions and human relationships. Both "Hereditary" and "Midsommar" involve people who are already dealing with unbearable grief, who later much suffer through horror and madness in a journey that is ultimately transformative. So there it is. 
Anonymous 8 days ago
Sounds interesting. I will probably not see it, but I must admit, I am intrigued by your analysis of the film.
-Emma Bibliophile
Karl The Klown 8 days ago
Hereditary is one of the greatest horror films I have ever seen. Looking forward to Midsommar!
Karl The Klown 8 days ago
Mouse is banned again
Anonymous 8 days ago
Why, PI? Why?
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 6 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy 

Maybe PI themselves are also sick of Mouse’s Marvel obsession. (I kid, I kid. Please let him back PI)
Anonymous 8 days ago
Did anybody else go and see it?  I went and saw it Tuesday, and I thought it was good.  I haven't watched any other Marvel movies (that was my first) so I can't really compare it to other Marvel movies
Hannah Cole 8 days ago
I saw it on Wednesday with a friend and then went again with my family on Saturday. It was great both times, I loved it and thought it was a lot of fun. Probably one of my favourite Marvel movies so far. This new version of Spider-man is what I would have loved as a kid before I was creeped out/disturbed by the dark tones of the very first movies. (I remember them being dark, anyway, or at least something I wasn't ready to watch then). They turned me off superhero movies for quite awhile.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I haven't seen it, because I am just starting to watch MCU films. I do want to see it once I have all the backround. That's the trouble, they are all tangled up so I know that I will get a spoiler if I watch it. 
 It looks really cool. I can't wait to see it once I've seen all the 30ish other films.
-Emma Bibliophile
Hannah Cole 8 days ago
There are some good recommended watch lists for the MCU, like this one: https://geeks.media/the-perfect-order-to-watch-the-marvel-cinematic-universe-mcu-movies. Watching them all from the beginning does seem daunting but for the most part all the films are pretty enjoyable. I wish sometimes I could go back and watch them for the first time again haha