Join Carl for a review of this week’s top performing movies in the worldwide box office
Would you ever believe it? The top two places in this weekends Box Office chart are ruled by toys and dolls! Yes, you heard it correctly. Although it dropped 52% of its business, Disney/ Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 4‘ once again, like Bo Peep, led the rest home. The critically acclaimed fourth go around for Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and company grabbed an impressive $57.9million on its second weekend in the chart, bringing the $200million budgeted animated/CGI film up to a whopping $236.9million domestic and $496million worldwide. The film is doing great box office and looks like it could continue with its success going into the 4th of July weekend.
Coming home in second place was horror movie spinoff ‘Annabelle Comes Home‘. Although it got off to a slower start than its predecessors, the film still managed to scare itself up a $20.3million opening. The third spinoff of ‘The Conjuring‘ series still managed to make the audience jump in their seats, the possessed doll still having the power to scare the wits out of the viewers. The film also managed to grab $45million from international audiences, bringing its total to $76.2million against its reported $30million budget. Critics managed to enjoy the film, gaining it a not too shabby 70% average.
Danny Boyle’s musical romantic comedy, ‘Yesterday‘ opened to the tune of $17million in the third position. The film, depicting the events of a man injured in an accident and waking to a world that has never heard of The Beatles and claiming their songs and material as his own work, cost a reported $26million to produce. The film currently sits on $24.7million worldwide. Critics didn’t give the film a ticket to ride, only granting it a 59% average. A pure case of Love Me Don’t!
After six weekends of release, Live-action Disney remake ‘Aladdin‘ is still pulling in the crowds. The film has now magicked itself past the $300million domestic mark against its $187million budget in the fourth position this week. Guy Ritchie’s take on the material has also managed to wish itself to $874.2million worldwide, giving Will Smith a nice box office hit ahead of his upcoming film ‘Gemini Man‘ in November and his return alongside Martin Lawrence in ‘Bad Boys For Life‘, due for release early next year.
The animated sequel ‘The Secret Life Of Pets 2‘ had its leash pulled to halt at this week’s fifth position. The $80million budgeted film managed to bite off another $7million to give it a domestic total of $131.2million and $223million worldwide. The film doesn’t look like it will come close to matching its predecessor’s box office haul, possibly signalling the end of the fad of animated fare becoming box office gold.
Still fighting to be our only line of defence against the worst scum of the universe in sixth place came ‘Men In Black International‘. In its third week in the chart, the film pulled down another $6.5million, giving it a domestic total of $65million against its $110million budget. The film has taken $219million worldwide. Compared to the original film’s $250million finish, its another case of diminishing returns for the franchise despite the great performances from Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.
Did you miss them? Even if you didn’t, they came back again to land in the seventh position. ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ took a further $5.5million on its rerelease this weekend. Released with bonus footage and extras after the end credits, the film still managed to tempt moviegoers in once more. Sadly, the film’s attempt to become the number one box office film of all time looks doomed to failure as the superheroes now sit on a worldwide total of $2.76billion against the record set by ‘Avatar’ of $2.78billion.
Horror remake ‘Child’s Play‘ lost over 70% of last weekends audience to tumble to eighth place on the chart. The Mark Hamill voiced killer doll, Chucky still managed to grab a further $4.2million bringing its total to $23.4million domestic against its modest $10million budget. A sequel has already been announced so we can expect to be menaced by the ‘Good Guys‘ doll again in the future.
Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman‘ slipped down the chart after running low on Crocodile Rock, landing it in ninth position. The $40million budgeted film sits on a domestic total of $84.1million after its $3.8million weekend. Around the world, the film has taken $165.5million, bringing it great success but nowhere near the same league as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘.
Our favourite dog loving assassin has tired of running from his pursuers as ‘John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum‘ dropped to the tenth position this weekend. However, he still managed to lock and load on a further $3.1million, bringing his total up to $161.3million domestic and a series-best take of $303.6million worldwide. The best critically reviewed but also most violent entry into the series has had a fantastic run during its seven weeks on release.
Dropping out of the chart this weekend was the critically panned (and Netflix only exclusive outside the U.S) ‘Shaft‘ alongside critically derided ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix‘ which didn’t crack the $100million mark at the U.S box office, a series low point, and after stomping and chomping around for a while, ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters‘ finally fell from the top ten and returned to its hero’s watery lair.
Next weekend sees the release of director Ari Aster’s slow-burning but critically acclaimed horror film, ‘Midsommar‘ with its 150minute runtime intact.
But the film they all have to beat has opened in some parts of the world and has already chalked up an impressive $111million before it has even opened in the U.S or the United Kingdom. Our friendly neighbourhood web crawler is back as ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ hits our screens. The film has already chalked up impressive and positive reviews as it picks up after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ and the aftermath of the death of…SPOILER ALERT…Tony Stark. Tom Holland is back as our favourite web crawler and is joined this time around by Samuel L Jackson, Coby Smulders and welcomes Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/Mysterio. This is the film they all have to try and beat this weekend as, believe me, it’s going to open big.
Over to you again, gang. How much do you think our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man will swing off with, in his debut weekend? Will ‘Toy Story 4‘ come close to his total or even beat it and remain number one? Could ‘Midsommar‘ scare itself into a 4th of July winning position?
Check back next week for the answers. Please feel free to comment or send us your suggestions as we welcome our fan interaction across social media. Until next week, may I take this opportunity to wish all our American friends and readers a very happy 4th of July Independence Day and may your celebrations go off in peace.
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Carl Roberts is one of The Future of the Force’s Senior Staff Writers and Books and Literature Correspondents. He loves Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Indiana Jones and Horror movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!