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Spider-Man tops US box office for second week

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A giant Spider-Man balloon on Hollywood Boulevard. The movie holds on to top spot for a second week by raking in about US$45.4 million. It has earned US$847 million worldwide so far.

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SPIDER-MAN: Far From Home beat back competition from two debut films at the North American box office, winning for a second week straight by raking in an estimated US$45.4 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said on Monday.

The latest instalment in the blockbuster superhero franchise, which picks up where Avengers: Endgame left off, has earned an impressive US$847 million worldwide.

Retaining its number two spot was Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 4, which took in US$20.9 million on its fourth weekend of release. The film again features the voices of Tom Hanks as cowboy doll Woody and Tim Allen as toy astronaut Buzz Lightyear.

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Debuting in third place was alligator disaster thriller Crawl, about a father and daughter battling a pack of hungry gators after a hurricane hits their Florida hometown. It took in US$12 million.

In fourth position was another debut flick, Stuber - a buddy comedy starring comedian Kumail Nanjiani and professional wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). The film, which earned less than stellar reviews, took in US$8.2 million.

Yesterday, the romantic comedy based on an odd premise - what if a global blackout meant that a struggling musician was one of the only people on Earth to remember the Beatles? - was in fifth place.

The crowd-pleaser - directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame - earned US$6.7 million.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were: Aladdin (US$6.2 million); Annabelle Comes Home (US$5.6 million); Midsommar (US$3.7 million); The Secret Life of Pets 2 (US$3.2 million); and Men in Black: International (US$2.2 million). AFP