Sunday, July 28, 2019

Weekend Box-Office: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD Scores $40M Debut While LION KING Repeats at #1


It wasn't a record-breaking weekend, but at least there's some improvement. Disney's "The Lion King" is still king and close to reaching the $1 billion milestone, while Tarantino scored his best ever debut with "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

"The Lion King" topped the charts with $75.5 million in its second weekend. That's a steep 60.6% drop from its massive $191.7 million opening weekend, a decline similar to blockbusters like "The Dark Knight Rises" (-61% from a $160 million debut) and "Captain America: The First Avenger" (-60% from a $65 million debut). But don't worry, it's still going to make an obscene amount of money. Internationally, the film brought in $142.8 million this weekend for an overseas total of $611.9 million. The remake has grossed a worldwide total of $962.7 million, so far.

In second place we find this week's new release, Quentin Tarantino's period epic "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", which opened with $40.3 million from 3,659 theaters against a $90 million budget. It's a solid counterprogramming performance, especially since the film was initially pegged for a $30 million debut. Tarantino's ninth film has delivered the filmmaker's largest opening weekend ever, surpassing "Inglorious Basterds" ($38 million launch in 2009).

"Once upon a Time in Hollywood" received rave reviews from critics (86% on Rotten Tomatoes and 85 on Metacritic), but audiences seemed more reserved as CinemaScore reports a "B" grade, a step down from the "A-" that "Inglorious Basterds" and "Django Unchained" received. It could prove problematic, as the film really needs solid word-of-mouth to survive the crowded summer season.

Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" finished in third place with $12.2 million. The film has grossed a total of $345 million domestically after four weeks in theaters, and with an international tally of $692.4 million, the sequel has topped $1 billion worldwide, becoming the first "Spider-Man" film to do so. It's also the ninth MCU film to claim this achievement, and the fourth film this year.

"Toy Story 4" stepped down to fourth place and raked in $9.8 million this weekend for a domestic total of $395.6 million. The animated sequel dropped just 36.5%. Overseas the film has reached a tally of $522.3 million. Its worldwide total now stands at $917.9 million.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the alligator thriller "Crawl" which dropped just 34% and scored $4 million this weekend. The film has grossed $31.4 million domestically after 17 days in theaters. It also brought in $14.4 million from overseas markets. A decent performance for the $13.5 million production.

The indie dramedy "The Farewell" starring Awqwafina entered the Top 10 after expanding into 135 locations. It brought in $1.55 million over the weekend and its domestic total has reached $3.7 million after three weeks in limited release.

In other news, Disney's "Aladdin" has also topped $1 billion globally after grossing $2.7 million from North American theaters and $7.2 million overseas. This is Will Smith's first film to top $1 billion.

New Wide Releases: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

Biggest Drop : "The Lion King" (-60.6%)

Smallest Drop : "Aladdin" (-31.8%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 The Lion King $75.5M $350.7M $611.9M $260M
2 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $40.3M $40.3M N/A $90M
3 Spider-Man: Far From Home $12.2M $344.4M $692.4M $160M
4 Toy Story 4 $9.8M $395.6M $522.3M $200M
5 Crawl $4M $31.4M $14.4M $13.5M
6 Yesterday $3M $63.3M $46.3M $26M
7 Aladdin $2.7M $345.9M $663.8M $183M
8 Stuber $1.6M $20.1M $5.2M $16M
9 Annabelle Comes Home $1.5M $69.7M $137.7M $30M
10 The Farewell $1.5M $3.6M N/A N/A


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