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Weekend box office – Scary Stories can’t scare Hobbs & Shaw from the top

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It’s safe to say the Hollywood summer blockbuster season is over. With a few singular exceptions, we won’t be getting huge batches of big-budget tentpole productions until the holiday season again. And so with that, six smaller films hit the US circuit this weekend past in the post-blockbuster quiet period led by the Guillermo Del Toro produced Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark.

The PG-13 horror adaptation of the cult classic children’s book series exceeded pre-release predictions as it notched up a $20.8 million debut, ahead of its international opening in the coming weeks. Alas, that was only enough to land it in runner-up spot though as Hobbs & Shaw had a solid holdover to keep its place at the top of the chart for a second week running.

The Fast & Furious spinoff added another $25.4 million to its domestic total which has now topped the $100 million mark. Internationally, it pulled in another $60.8 million to give it a global tally of $332 million. With a hefty $200 million budget though, it means Hobbs & Shaw still has a lot of work to do it if wants to really be profitable (adding in marketing costs, it would need to hit at least the $350 – 400 million range), but it does have the advantage of still needing to open in China in two weeks time where the franchise has always been a huge hit.

Rounding out the top three this week was Disney’s The Lion King which earned an additional $20 million domestically. Most importantly though, it also added another few accolades to its already massive list of achievements. With a global total that now stands at $1.334 billion, The Lion King has become the twelfth-highest-grossing film of all time. To do that it overtook Beauty and the Beast ($1.263 billion) to also become the biggest of Disney’s “live-action” remakes of the studio’s classic animated films. I threw up those quotation marks because the debate about whether this movie – which is 99% photo-realistic CGI – actually counts as animated or not still rages on. If you don’t think it’s live-action, well then it has another record under its belt as that would mean it surpasses Frozen ($1.276 billion) to become Disney’s biggest animated film worldwide. Either way, it’s a huge success.

And with all those big eye-watering numbers out of the way now, its time to look at those other newcomers. First up, debuting in fourth place was the live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer. The kid-friendly adventure flick notched up a $17 million debut, which was actually a tad above predictions. Weepy dog drama The Art of Racing in the Rain landed in sixth place with a not-so-impressive $8.1 million. Even more disappointing though is that R-rated mob thriller comic book adaptation couldn’t translate the star power of its leading ladies – Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss – into box office success as it fell way below the mark with $5.5 million seventh place debut.

There were two more wide-ish releases in Bring the Soul: The Movie and Brian Banks. The former is a documentary about immensely popular South Korean boy band BTS and it brings up the rear in the top 10 with $2.2 million. True story NFL sports drama Brian Banks had to settle for a debut outside the top 10 then with just $2.1 million.

Let’s see what the rest of the US chart looks like.

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change US Domestic gross Worldwide gross Last Week's Position
1Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $25.4 million -57% $108.5 million $332.6 million 1st
2Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark $20.8 million NE $20.8 million $20.8 million NE
3The Lion King $20 million -48% $473.1 million $1.334 billion 2nd
4Dora the Explorer $17 million NE $17 million $19.5 million NE
5Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6 million -42% $100 million $108 million 3rd
6The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1 million NE $8.1 million $9.2 million NE
7The Kitchen $5.5 million NE $5.5 million $5.5 million NE
8Spider-Man: Far From Home $5.3 million -32% $370.9 million $1.096 billion 4th
9Toy Story 4 $4.4 million -40% $419.5 million $989.9 million 5th
10Bring the Soul: The Movie $2.2 million NE $4.4 million $4.4 million NE

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: August 12, 2019

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