In its second weekend of release, Spider-Man: Far From Home is still winning over audiences and the box office. Now, the Marvel installment has earned a total of $847 million globally and $274 million domestically. The Tom Holland sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is beating all the records of previous Spider-Man films, including both series lead by Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maquire.
It seems the blockbuster may have needed more breathing room before other hopeful releases came into theaters hoping to overshadow the Marvel film. Both Crawl and Stuber underperformed, with Spider-Man and Toy Story 4 still dominating the box office.
Crawl, though it brought in smaller numbers, is a low budget film that has just about paid itself off with a $12M opening and a $13M budget.
Stuber, on the other hand, cost about $25 million to make and opened with a dismal $8 million debut.
Some theorists remarked that the low-earning potential of comedy films is getting more noticeable with the increasing popularity of light Netflix comedies, which pose competition to comedy films like Stuber that struggle to get audiences into theaters. There are also comedic elements in every Marvel film, which means audiences may not necessarily have to go see a comedy genre film to get some laughs in.
It’s been a difficult year at the box office overall. Changes in moviegoing culture are happening rapidly with the increase in streaming site material, and only highly anticipated franchise films from Marvel or Disney seem to be succeeding theatrically.
There is still some hope for smaller films though, as proven by Yesterday and The Farewell, which are earning good numbers for their more indie status and continue to impress at the box office as weeks go on.