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Spider-Man: Far From Home soars to $185 million US debut

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Story by Jack Foley

SPIDER-MAN: Far From Home predictably dominated the US box office over the July Fourth weekend, taking a whopping $185.1 million in six days.

The figure included a near-record $93.6 million over the July 4th weekend in the US alone, while globally, it’s now amassed $580.1 million.

The only blockbuster to have earned more over Independence Day weekend was Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011 (with $97.9 million), not adjusted for inflation.

But Far From Home did beat franchise favourite Spider-Man 2 to boast the biggest six-day July 4th debut of all time. It’s also Sony’s best six-day opening.

Overseas, Spider-Man: Far From Home earned a further $244 million for a foreign haul of $395 million.

China, where it opened earlier than most markets, added $30.6 million for a total there of $167.4 million. while the UK took $17.8 million.

In another win for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, the performance of the film – which actually surpassed expectations – gave a much needed boost to the summer box office which had been suffering in the wake of several blockbuster under-performances.

Far From Home, which finds Tom Holland once again portraying Peter Parker, sees Jake Gyllenhaal entering the fray as Mysterio, who teams up with Spider-Man during a trip to Europe to battle off a new threat to Earth posed by the Elementals.

Elsewhere at the US box office, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 grossed a further $34.3 million in its third weekend, enabling the family favourite to sail past the $300 million mark in the US and to clear $650 million in worldwide ticket sales.

Danny Boyle’s Beatles inspired rom-com Yesterday came in third with a weekend total of $10.8 million, bringing its 10-day US haul to a very healthy $36.9 million. Its global total is $57 million, marking another win, especially in the UK where it continues to perform really well.

Horror sequel Annabelle Comes Home came in fourth with a sophomore weekend gross of $9.8 million, for a $50.2 million US tally and a worldwide total of $134.8 million.

And another Disney offering, the live-action update of Aladdin rounded out the top five with $7.6 million-plus. The Guy Ritchie directed film, starring Will Smith, also crossed the $900 million mark at the global box office on Friday, in its seventh weekend.

Globally, it has now amassed $921.7 million – another big earner for the seemingly unstoppable Disney empire.

The holiday’s other new nationwide offering, horror title Midsommar, also performed well ahead of expectations with a five-day debut of $10.9 million.

Directed by Ari Aster, of Hereditary fame, the horror entry follows a group of Americans who travel to Sweden to take part in a solstice festival. Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter star in what has generally been a very well reviewed film.