Weekend Box Office Report
Stay At Home
With neither new release expected to provide a serious challenge, it's no surprise that "Spider-Man: Far From Home" was able pull off a feat its predecessor could not: win a second box office crown. (To be fair, "Homecoming" did have to deal with "War for the Planet of the Apes" in its second weekend.) "Far From Home" grossed a solid $45,353,359, which was about $1M above "Homecoming's" second weekend. At this point, it seems reasonable to assume that "Far From Home" should have no problem vaulting past $350M domestic - a number that would be $16M above "Homecoming" - but with a "King" entering the market this week and a major franchise just two weeks later, "Far From Home" is stuck between a Pride Rock and Rock Hard Place for the remainder of the summer.
The Game Ain't Over Yet
So a funny thing happened on the way to actuals this weekend. If you follow the Saturday and Sunday estimates, you probably assumed actuals would be a coronation for "Men In Black International," which ended up grossing $2,218,592, a number that stayed relatively consistent all weekend, keeping it well ahead of its competition. It was also a popular enough play in its logical Cineplex of "Far From Home" x1/"Toy Story 4" x1/"MIB" x6 for the 175 that played it that it was going to really shake up the standings in our longer term contests.
Alas, it ain't over until the final tally, and "Avengers: Endgame" managed to find about $600k or so while sweeping under the chairs, grossing $2,104,276, an unheard-of 24.4% increase from its Sunday estimate, an estimate provided by Disney. So, what happened? Given the relatively low grosses at this point in its run, we'll probably never know. I'll update next week if whatever accounting error is ever discovered. No matter though, as the Perfect Cineplex was drastically shifted to "Far From Home" x1/"Toy Story 4" x1/"Endgame" x6 after "Endgame" took the BP with the new estimate. That Cineplex grossed $95,924,654 after including $17M in bonuses. Well done to the 544 FMLers who screened the PC that was also the Most Played Cineplex.
Before we leave this weekend, a couple other tidbits…
Counting the split, "Toy Story 4" just made its third PC in four weeks, but has yet to win a BP.
After two BPs to start its run, this week marks the first time that "Endgame" won a BP or even made the PC since the weekend of May 3rd-5th.
"Endgame" now sits just $6.8M behind "Avatar" for the top global gross ever.
From last week, "Captain Marvel" officially ended its domestic run at $426.8M, slotting it sixth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe total domestic rankings and placing it $14M ahead of fellow super heroine "Wonder Woman's" final domestic run.
Can You Feel the Cash Tonight
There is one new release this weekend, and it's the biggest one of the summer in Disney's "live CGI" action remake of "The Lion King." I'd call it a reimagining, but based on the reviews, it sounds like a straight-up remake. Which, hey, if that's your thing, more power to you. Who am I to tell anyone how to spend their time and money. Hey, it's probably worth an IMAX/PLF viewing - the visuals look stunning. Regardless, no surprise that "The Lion King" will be split this weekend, with each Cineplex screen representing a single day's gross. Set your lineups by Friday Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific and we'll see you here next week!