"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but the non-franchised fee continues to fight at the box office. The new counterprogramming launched by the studio, such as the horror movie "Crawl" and the action comedy "Stuber", hardly made a dent in the profits of the sling of the web, although there is a ray of hope in the independent world.
The sequel to "Spider-Man" added $ 45.3 million in its second weekend, only 51 percent according to Sunday's study estimates, which raised its national total to $ 274.5 million. Worldwide, "Far from Home" by Sony Pictures has already raised $ 847 million.
"Toy Story 4" from Disney and Pixar took second place with $ 20.7 million in its fourth weekend in theaters. Now it has won $ 346.4 million from North American theaters.
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But while well-reviewed franchises are thriving, the original newcomers face an uphill battle at the general launch.
"Crawl", a thriller from Paramount Pictures, debuted in third place with an estimated $ 12 million against a reported budget of $ 13.5 million. Directed by Alexandre Aja, "Crawl" stars Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario as father and daughter trapped in their home with a group of angry alligators during a hurricane. The R-rated photo has not been reviewed in advance for critics, which usually indicates an error, but has been surprisingly well received by critics since its opening. It is currently 88 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Uber comedy "Stuber" had a difficult start with an estimated $ 8 million in more than 3,000 locations in North America. The qualifying film Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista cost around $ 16 million to produce it and has not inspired the best reviews (it's in a rotten 46). It's the latest Fox movie released by Disney.
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"People are always complaining about the lack of original offers from the studios, especially during the summer, but this summer, in particular, it seems that the public is turning its back on these films," noted Comscore senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "It's a real head scratch in some way as to why some of these films are not doing well."
"Yesterday", the theme of the Beatles of Universal, completed the first five places of the third weekend with $ 6.8 million.
Dergarabedian said that it is never good for the box office when, week after week, the best films are vestiges.
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"That means the newcomers are not making progress," he said. "You want the audience every weekend to get excited about a new movie."
That lack of enthusiasm is showing in the general numbers of the industry. The weekend has dropped almost 26 percent and the year is still around 9 percent, although the success of Disney "The Lion King" is on the horizon. The photorealistic remake of the Disney animated classic opened this weekend in China before its debut in North America and made an estimated $ 54.7 million.
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Although the new big releases failed to turn the box office on, the independent film scene was thriving with a wide variety of options.
Among the most notable is the family drama of Lulu Wang "The Farewell", which currently has 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes. The movie led by Awkwafina opened in four places at $ 351,330 for a huge average of $ 87,833 per theater. It is expanding to more cities in the coming weeks.
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Jesse Eisenberg's dark comedy "The Art of Self-Defense" opened in seven locations for $ 121,080, and the "Sword of Trust" directed by Marc Maron debuted in two locations with $ 22,512. Documentaries, such as "Maiden", & # 39; & # 39; Pavarotti & # 39; and & # 39; Echo in the Canyon & # 39; also continue to find audiences in limited version.
"If you're a fan of independent films, this is your weekend," Dergarabedian said. "The diversity of films is simply amazing."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday in US theaters UU And Canada, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included from Friday to Sunday. The final national figures will be released on Monday.
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1. "Spider-Man: Far from home", $ 45.3 million.
2. "Toy Story 4", $ 20.7 million.
3. "Track", $ 12 million.
4. "Stuber", $ 8 million.
5. "Yesterday", $ 6.8 million.
6. "Aladdin", $ 5.9 million.
7. "Annabelle comes home", $ 5.6 million.
8. "Midsommar", $ 3.6 million.
9. "The secret life of pets 2", $ 3.1 million.
10. "Men in Black: International", $ 2.2 million.