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Directors of For Sama

Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Wanuri Kahiu (Rafiki)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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The Farewell has a stunning opening weekend! 

What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office Estimates
July 12th-14th  
🔺 = New or Expanding / ★ = Highly Recommended
Spider-Man: Far From Home The Farewell
1 Spider-Man Far From Home  $45.3 (cum. $274.5) on 4634 screens  TOM HOLLAND, REVIEW
1 🔺 Super 30 $923k new on 317 screens
2 Toy Story 4 $20.6 (cum. $346.3) on 4210 screens PODCAST, REVIEW
2  Last Black Man in... $361k (cum. $3.3) on 207 screens REVIEWPODCASTBEST OF 
3 🔺 Crawl $12 new on 3170 screens REVIEW
3 🔺 The Farewell $351k new on 4 screens REVIEW, INTERVIEW
4 🔺 Stuber $8 new on 3050 screens REVIEW
4 🔺 Wild Rose $294k (cum. $751k) on 161 screens PODCAST, SOUNDTRACKING
Yesterday $6.7 (cum. $48.3) on 2755 screens
5  Pavarotti $255k (cum. $3.5) on 196 screeens
Aladdin $5.8 (cum. $331.4) on 2557 screens  REVIEW1992 RETRO
6 🔺 Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable $250k new on 205 screens
Anabelle Comes Home $5.5 (cum. $60.7) on 3209 screens
7 🔺 Maiden $224k (cum. $484k) on 68 screens  REVIEW 

numbers on that chart are pulled from boxofficemojo

The weekend was very kind to Far From Home which is outpacing its predecessor and is already the 3rd highest grossing Spidey worldwide behind Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Homecoming (2017)... for now at least. The new wide releases performed around expectations. Crawl did solid business (especially given that it's budget is a low $13 million) but Stuber struggled

The best news is that it was a huge weekend for Lulu Wang's awards-hopeful The Farewell, which earned the highest opening per screen average of the year so far ($87,833 per theater). The film expands from NY and LA to other top markets next week and goes wide on August 2nd. That's quicker than we were expecting but the numbers are strong. That's good news for cinephiles since any success for artful indies is to be celebrated in this tough theatrical market.

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Reader Comments (18)

Ahh, my people keep winning, and Scarlett Johansson keeps losing.

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterbeyaccount

Saw The Farewell and oh man, it's so good. Easily best of the year so far. Awkwafina and Lulu Wang's script need nominations.

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

I saw "Spider Man Far From Home" which was a lot better than the last film specially the scenes with Mysterio . Holland has great chemistry with Gyllenhal no wonder people are seeing "Call Me By Your Name " connection but this is a Marvel movie and no one ever has sex.

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

So so happy for The Farewell. I saw it in NYC this weekend with a full house and the audience loved it. I think you did a "Best Movie Pets" (or something along those lines) last year...if you do it again, Ellen the dog must make the list!

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGFF

Holland and Gyllenhall do have amazing chemistry, and I think both could’ve done as well in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME as the actual leads. Timothee’s brilliant in it, but Tom Holland is one of the few actors in that age range with comparable talent and charisma.

I can’t get enough of how every still I’ve seen from THE FAREWELL looks like an insert from a Beyoncé video, what with everyone staring down the lens of the camera solemnly. I’m so intrigued.

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEli

I saw Taylor Mac on stage. Have you ever seen his show?

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Peggy -- Love Taylor Mac but have only seen him live twice.

July 14, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

ON THE BASIS OF SEX - likable but needed a stronger ending and Felicity Jones didn't register as strongly as I feel she should have.

HOTEL MUMBAI - harrowing. Good but harrowing.

THE UPSIDE - I needed some light relief after MUMBAI. Very old-fashioned but solid mainstream filmmaking.

MURDER MYSTERY on Netflix - I thought this was pretty bad to start with but improved. I do like Aniston and she and Sandler had good chemistry. Dumb but intentionally so (I think!).

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

Watched Story of G.I. Joe which I enjoyed way more than I thought I would. Watching Prince of Tides tonight.

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom G

I watched The Farewell and it was the first time I think I've ever ugly-cried in a movie. It truly touched my heart. Zhao Shuzhen MUST get an Oscar nomination. She has the time for a campaign to build - who's with me in starting the groundwork?!

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Loved him! I feel empowered

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Re-watches of Beerfest, Wingspan, and The Spy Who Loved Me and a couple of first-timers in a documentary about the early career of Stevie Ray Vaughn and just now, Gone with the Wind.

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

I saw "The Art of Self Defense" with Jesse Eisenberg and was surprised by how good it was. Darkest of dark humor for sure. The dry script was a delight. It took us about 1/2 the movie to even realize it was a period piece b/c they don't draw attention to the fact too obviously.

Highly recommended.

Peggy Sue- Taylor Mac is a trip. If you want to see the classic documentary about her fairy drag mother Flawless Sabrina from 1968-- "The Queen" -- , it's going to be at the Castro (SF) August 19 and 20. Double feature w/ "Paris is Burning"!

July 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSFOTroy

Why is The Farewell not in DC? Why must the marketing deities keep me from good cinema?

July 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCharlieG

Very excited to see The Farewell!

I caught up with the latest episode of Pose yesterday. It might be the best tv episode of the year for me so far. How refreshing would it be if the series won the Best Drama Series Emmy?

July 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

charlie G -- maybe you'll get it this Friday?

July 15, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

CharlieG - right there with ya, but the good news is it does indeed hit D.C. theaters this Friday!

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