There’s no business for show business like old business. The weekend box office was basically a disaster if your film wasn’t a sequel or repeating from last weekend.
“Spider Man: Far from Home” raked in another $45 million for a total of $275 million so far in two weeks of release.
“Toy Story 4” wrapped four weeks of release with $365 million.
But new films suffered. “Stuber” took in $8 million. “Crawl” crawled to $12 million. The latter horror film, like all horror films, was made on the cheap so that’s okay. But “Stuber” was a miscalculated buddy film starring Dave Bautista from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and Kumail Nanjiani from “The Big Sick.” It may already be on airplanes.
“Stuber”‘s failure is worse because it’s from the now defunct 20th Century Fox. Disney — grooving on all its hits — just dumped “Stuber” into the abyss.
So the box office stinks but “The Lion King” roars next Friday. Regardless of critics’ carping, that movie will be a monster.