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Spider-Man Far From Home does victory lap over Crawl, Stuber at US box office

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spiderman far from home box office Spider-Man: Far From debuted at the top position once again.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie Crawl and the action-comedy Stuber barely made a dent in the web-slinger’s earnings, although there is a glimmer of hope in the independent world.

The Spider-Man sequel added 45.3 million dollars in its second weekend, down only 51% according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its domestic total to 274.5 million dollars. Globally, Sony Pictures’ Far From Home has already grossed 847 million dollars.

Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 landed in second place with 20.7 million dollars in its fourth weekend in theaters. It’s now earned $346.4 million from North American theaters.

But while the well-reviewed franchises are thriving, original newcomers are facing an uphill battle in wide-release.

Crawl, a thriller from Paramount Pictures, debuted in third with an estimated 12 million dollars against a reported 13.5 million dollar budget. Directed by Alexandre Aja, Crawl stars Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario as a father and daughter trapped in their home with a bunch of angry alligators during a hurricane. The R-rated pic has been was not screened for critics in advance, which usually signals a dud, but it has been surprisingly well-received by critics since opening. It’s currently 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Uber comedy Stuber got off to a bumpier start with an estimated 8 million dollars from over 3,000 North American locations. The R-rated Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista film cost a reported 16 million dollars to produce and has not inspired the best reviews (it’s resting at a rotten 46. It’s the latest Fox film to be released by Disney.

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Stuber box office Stuber earned an estimated $8 million from over 3,000 North American locations. (Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox via AP)

“People always complain about the lack of original offerings from the studios especially during the summer but this summer in particular it seems like audiences are turning their backs on these films,” observed Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “It’s a real head-scratcher in a way as to why some of these films aren’t doing well.”

Universal’s Beatles-themed rom-com Yesterday rounded out the top five in weekend three with 6.8 million dollars.

Dergarabedian said that it’s never a good thing for the box office when week after week the top movies are holdovers.

“That means newcomers are not making inroads,” he said. “You want audiences every weekend to be excited about a new film.”

That lack of enthusiasm is showing in the overall industry numbers. The weekend is down nearly 26% and the year is still around 9%, although Disney’s blockbuster-in-the-making The Lion King is on the horizon. The photorealistic remake of Disney’s animated classic opened this weekend in China ahead of its North American debut and made an estimated 54.7 million dollars.

Although the big new releases failed to light the box office on fire, the independent film scene was thriving with myriad of options.

Among the most notable is Lulu Wang’s family drama The Farewell, which currently has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Awkwafina-led film opened in four locations to 351,330 dollars for a massive 87,833 dollars per theater average. It’s expanding to more cities in the coming weeks.

The dark Jesse Eisenberg comedy The Art of Self Defense opened in seven locations to 121,080 dollars, and the Marc Maron-led Sword of Trust debuted in two locations with 22,512 dollars. Documentaries, such as Maiden, Pavarotti and Echo in the Canyon also continue to find audiences in limited release.

“If you’re an independent movie fan, this is your weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “The diversity of films is just staggering.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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spiderman far from home box office Globally, Spider-Man: Far From Home has grossed 847 million dollars. (Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP)

1. Spider-Man: Far From Home, 45.3 million dollars (100 million dollars international).

2. Toy Story 4, 20.7 million dollars (48.1 million dollars international).

3. Crawl, 12 million dollars (4.8 million dollars international).

4. Stuber, 8 million dollars (3 million dollars international).

5. Yesterday, 6.8 million dollars (7.8 million dollars international).

6. Aladdin, 5.9 million dollars (14.6 million dollars international).

7. Annabelle Comes Home, 5.6 million dollars (18.1 million dollars international).

8. Midsommar, 3.6 million dollars (766,000 dollars international).

9. The Secret Life of Pets 2, 3.1 million dollars (14.6 million dollars international).

10. Men in Black: International, 2.2 million dollars.