Another doll – grinning horror spirit magnet Annabelle – might have entered the toy-focused box office octagon, but even with her evil powers, she couldn't challenge Woody and co. Toy Story 4 repeated at the top of the US charts, earning $57.9 million according to studio estimates.
A strong second weekend showing for the Pixar crew means that the fourth Story now has $236.6 million in the States and passed $360 million worldwide after just a couple of weeks on release.
Annabelle Comes Home, of course, was looking to target a very different audience, and made $20.3 million, which represents the lowest opening for a film starring the doll, and of the Conjuring franchise as a whole so far. Still, lower budgets mean the films don't suffer too much from reduced returns, and a third entry of the main Conjuring movies is already in production.
That left slim pickings for Yesterday, which had mixed reviews and had to make do with $17 million on its Stateside launch. It pushed the live-action Aladdin to fourth on $9.3 million (though that film is now Will Smith's most successful work worldwide), while The Secret Life Of Pets 2 slipped again to fifth on $7 million.
Sixth was Men In Black: International, making $6.5 million. Avengers: Endgame was "re-released"even though it hadn't left cinemas yet, as Marvel added an introduction from co-director Anthony Russo, a deleted scene and a clip of the incoming Spider-Man: Far From Home in the hopes of boosting its takings and besting Avatar on the all-time chart. That strategy saw it jump from 13th to 7th and earn $5.5 million in America, but worldwide, it remains around $26 million shy of the James Cameron film, and seems unlikely to catch it at this point. Should've gone for the head, Avengers.
The Child's Play reboot dropped precipitously, falling from second to eighth and taking in $4.2 million. Rocketman was ninth with $3.8 million, while John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum slipped to 10th on $3.1 million.