Last weekend gave the summer box office a much-needed jolt, as Toy Story 4 brought in a huge $120.9 million during its opening frame. With a number like that, even with a steep drop, it's going to be tough for other titles to compete, but don't blame anyone for trying. Warner Bros. and New Line are set to unleash the latest chapter of The Conjuring universe, Annabelle Comes Home and Universal will be releasing Yesterday, which is driven by the music of The Beatles. Disney and Marvel are also re-releasing Avengers: Endgame with some bonus content in an attempt to get a little closer to Avatar's record.
Toy Story 4 will keep its box office crown in its second weekend, and easily we might add. Pixar and Disney have scored another hit. Director Josh Cooley has managed to exceed expectations with both critics and moviegoers. That has led to great word of mouth and will translate to an excellent second weekend take for the animated sequel. Expect to see a drop off of less than 50 percent, meaning Woody and the gang should nab an additional $65 to $70 million. As of this writing, the movie has already made $279 million worldwide. It should pass $350 million, well on its way to $400 million, by Monday morning.
Annabelle Comes Home will be the one to beat with this weekend's newcomers. This is the third entry in the spin-off series. Both Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as Ed and Lorraine Warren, providing the movie with a little star power. Warner Bros. decided to release the sequel, directed by longtime series writer Gary Dauberman, on Wednesday to give it a little leg up on the competition. The strategy looks to be paying off. It nabbed $3.5 million in opening night previews and should take in between $25 and $30 million over the weekend. The Conjuring brand is strong as ever.
The demon doll will have some competition in the form of the Child's Play remake, which enters its second weekend. Though, Chucky probably will fall out of the top five this weekend with a take of around $6 million. Yesterday, meanwhile, which comes from director Danny Boyle, will probably have to settle for third place. The musical, which sees a singer/songwriter as the only man on the planet who can remember the music of The Beatles and uses that to his advantage, has received a mixed response from critics. It's looking at a debut of between $10 and $15 million.
Elsewhere, Marvel is re-releasing Avengers: Endgame with some new post-credit footage. That should give it a little boost to around $4 million or so for the weekend, but that won't quite be enough for it to beat James Cameron's Avatar as the top-grossing movie of all time. Rounding out the top five will be a pair of holdovers in Aladdin ($8 to $10 million) and The Secret Life of Pets 2 ($6 to $8 million). Be sure to check out our full list of weekend box office predictions below and check back with us on Sunday for a full list of estimates. Numbers used in this report were provided by Box Office Mojo.