In holdover news, Spider-Man: Far From Home earned another $13.365 million on its second Friday of domestic release. That’s a reasonable 59% drop from its $32.68 million first Friday. Since the Sony tentpole opened on a Tuesday, that was actually its fourth day of release.
It’s a better hold than Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s 73% drop on its second Friday in 2017. It is, however, a sharper drop for second Friday grosses compared to Transformers (-52%), Spider-Man 2 (-57%) and Amazing Spider-Man 2 (-50%). That might be cause for concern, but the MCU flick has already earned over $242 million domestic as of yesterday, so it’s not exactly hanging by a thread.
It has passed the likes of Doctor Strange, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: The Last Stand. It will swing past, sans inflation, Men in Black, Batman, Incredibles 2 and Amazing Spider-Man either tonight or early tomorrow as it sets the stage for a $43.5 million (-53%) second-weekend gross. If that comes to pass, it’ll have earned $272 million in its first 13 days of domestic release.
That 53% drop will be well above the 44% and 48% drops of Amazing Spider-Man (opened on a Tuesday in 2012) and Spider-Man 2 (opened on a Wednesday in 2004), But the movie so over-performed in its first six days that a lot of the demand has already been met. The concern, relatively speaking, is that The Lion King will do to Spider-Man: Far From Home what The Dark Knight Rises did to Amazing Spider-Man in 2012.
Spider-Man 1 version dropped a brutal 68% in weekend three, but it recovered. Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker mostly had to contend with The Dark Knight Rises, The Bourne Legacy, Total Recall and Expendables 2 at the end of the summer. Comparatively, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will have to defend itself against Lion King, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Hobbs & Shaw in a potentially brutal one-two-three punch.
Spider-Man: Homecoming dropped a record (for an MCU movie) 62% on its second weekend but then had clear skies in terms of kid-targeted biggies until Thor: Ragnarok in early November. Far From Home won’t have that advantage, so I was hoping for a better hold this weekend just in case. Of course, if Far From Home continues to soar overseas (it should be over/under $750 million worldwide as of today as it crosses $800 million tonight or tomorrow morning), and if it thrives concurrently alongside the last three summer biggies, then the drop this weekend will be trivia.