It was a Box Office weekend short of real surprises, as entrants ‘Crawl’, Paramount’s monster-horror, and ‘Stuber’, the Fox-Disney buddy comedy, opened to $12m and $8.2m alike, in-line with most pre-release predictions. Meanwhile, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ remained top of the charts for the 2nd weekend in a row, and is on track to become the 3rd out of 3 MCU movies to gross $1bn in 2019, after its $145m global total between Friday and Sunday.
How did the new releases get on?
We start with ‘Crawl’, directed by Alexandre Aja (‘The Hills Have Eyes’) and starring Kaya Scodelario, which bit off a $12m opening from a $13.5m budget. Hunted by alligators after a Category 5 hurricane, Haley (Kaya) must do everything to survive and save her injured father. It’s a similar premise to the surprise 2017 hit ’47 Meters Down’, which opened similarly to $11.2m on its way to a $44.3m domestic total.
There’s no reason why ‘Crawl’ can’t swim to these same levels, with its 88% Rotten Tomatoes rating trouncing ‘47’s 53%, as well as its audience, which was 51% male and mainly (64%) over-25, bestowing a positive B on Cinemascore for the film – a positive indication of strong summer legs. It doesn’t matter then that ‘Crawl’ is the 4th horror released in as many consecutive weeks – cinemagoers appreciate quality.
Internationally, ‘Crawl’ grossed $4.8m from 20 countries including $1m from Malaysia. It means a total global opening just shy of $17m, becoming Paramount’s lowest domestic and worldwide start of the year so far. No need for the studio to grab the life-jackets just yet however, as ‘Crawl’ seems destined for clear waters.
Not so positive news for ‘Stuber’, the action-comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista; the film stalled with just $8.2m in the U.S. It added just $3m from 9 international territores, for a poor $11m global booking.
What went wrong for ‘Stuber’? If the above showed us anything, it’s that quality usually rises to the top. ‘Stuber’ sunk with its 46% on Rotten Tomatoes, stalling especially hard when vying for the R-rated crowd alongside ‘Crawl’. Luckily for Disney and Fox, the $16m budget is small enough to minimise any losses, with the post-theatrical Blu-ray and digital market providing a potential saviour.
How did the others do?
The weekend belonged to Spider-Man, as ‘Far From Home’ remained top with an impressive $45.4m – a mere 51% drop from last week. It marks the 6th lowest 2nd weekend drop, after ‘The Avengers’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Thor’, and ‘Black Panther’, and is especially impressive given ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’s 62% fall is the lowest in the franchise.
‘Far From Home’ now sits on a domestic running total of $274.6m, and a global total of $845m. It’ll become the 3rd MCU film of the year (after ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Endgame’) to reach $1bn, and 9th ever MCU film to reach the goal, and lies just $50m away from becoming the biggest Spider-Man film of all time worldwide.
Equally as impressive is ‘Aladdin’, which earned $6.2m in its 8th weekend to reach $331.8m in the U.S. (just $3m away from fellow remake ‘Alice in Wonderland’), and a massive $961m worldwide. Currently standing as the 4th Disney live-action remake to hit this figure, next weekend’s ‘The Lion King’ will surely become the 5th in just a matter of time.