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 Crawland 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 in its second weekend, down only 51% according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its domestic total to $274.5 million. Globally, Sony Pictures’ Far From Home has already grossed $847 million.
Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 landed in second place with $20.7 million 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 against a reported $13.5 million 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.