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Thursday, February 15, 2024

‘Spider-Man’ flies again across the charts!

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Once again Spider-Man seems to be trapping everything that flies by: “Spider-Man: Far From Home” took in an impressive $93.6 million in North America over the US holiday weekend and has passed the half-billion-dollar mark worldwide, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations estimated.

If that windfall materializes, it would be good news because the summer movie season is in desperate need of a hero. June was a particularly rough month at the domestic box office. Multiple sequels, including “Men In Black: International” and “Dark Phoenix,” underperformed. Even “Toy Story 4,” which opened to $121 million two weeks ago, couldn’t match Disney (DIS)’s high box office expectations.

Read more: Spider-Man leaves New York for Europe in ‘Far From Home’

This latest in the Spider-Man franchise, made by Sony and Disney-owned Marvel, set a record six-day total for a Tuesday release of $185.1 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Its storyline follows on the blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” to focus on how Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) confront a world without Iron Man. Also, starring are Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal and J.B. Smoove.

Coming in second in its third week out was Disney/Pixar collaboration “Toy Story 4,” at $34.3 million. The film again features the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody, the eager but empty-holstered cowboy doll, and Tim Allen as space toy Buzz Lightyear.

Read more: After ‘Endgame’: can Spider-Man untangle Marvel’s future?

In third, at $10.8 million, was Universals alternate-universe romantic comedy “Yesterday.” Himesh Patel stars as a struggling musician who, after a mysterious global blackout, is the only person in the world to remember the Beatles and their music — and takes full advantage of it.

Patel does his own singing; Danny Boyle, of “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire” fame, directs. Fourth spot went to Warner Bros. horror film “Annabelle Comes Home,” at $9.8 million. In fifth was Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” taking in $7.6 million in its seventh week out.