Sony's Spider-Man: Far From Home claimed victory again during its second weekend in theatres, dominating over new releases, Paramount's gator thriller Crawl and Disney's R-rated comedy Stuber.
The superhero tentpole collected another US$45 million (S$61 million), boosting domestic grosses to US$274 million (S$372 million). This weekend's haul represents a 50 per cent decline in ticket sales from its inaugural outing, a stronger hold compared to its predecessor, 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The 23rd adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has crossed the US$800 million mark worldwide, with box office receipts at US$847 million (S$1.15 billion). It's now the biggest Spider-Man film internationally with US$572 million.
Crawl secured the best start among fresh offerings, but neither newcomer managed to pack theatres. Paramount's disaster thriller landed in third place, biting into US$12 million when it debuted in 3,170 theatres. The studio shelled out US$13.5 million in production fees. Directed by Alexandre Aja, Crawl follows a father and daughter (Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario) who are forced to escape a pack of hungry alligators after a massive hurricane hits their Florida town. A majority of ticket buyers were between the ages of 18 and 44. Overseas, Crawl pulled in US$4.8 million from 20 international markets for a global start of US$16.8 million.
Falling not far behind is Stuber, Disney's first R-rated release since inheriting Fox's film assets. The buddy comedy pulled in US$8 million from 3,050 venues, on par with expectations but a lackluster start for a film that cost US$16 million to produce. In Stuber, Nanjiani plays an Uber driver who unwittingly becomes part of a his passenger's (Bautista) arrest operation. Males accounted for 56 per cent of opening weekend crowds, while 65 per cent of audiences were over the age of 25.
A number of holdovers filled out domestic box office charts. In second place, Disney's Toy Story 4 stayed strong, generating another US$20 million during its fourth weekend in theatres for a North America tally of US$346 million. Rounding out the top five is Universal's Beatles musical Yesterday. Directed by Danny Boyle, the romantic comedy made US$6.7 million in its third outing, bringing its domestic total to US$48 million.