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|
|1||Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw||$25.4 million||-57%||$108.5 million||$332.6 million||1st|
|2||Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark||$20.8 million||NE||$20.8 million||$20.8 million||NE|
|3||The Lion King||$20 million||-48%||$473.1 million||$1.334 billion||2nd|
|4||Dora the Explorer||$17 million||NE||$17 million||$19.5 million||NE|
|5||Once Upon a Time in Hollywood||$11.6 million||-42%||$100 million||$108 million||3rd|
|6||The Art of Racing in the Rain||$8.1 million||NE||$8.1 million||$9.2 million||NE|
|7||The Kitchen||$5.5 million||NE||$5.5 million||$5.5 million||NE|
|8||Spider-Man: Far From Home||$5.3 million||-32%||$370.9 million||$1.096 billion||4th|
|9||Toy Story 4||$4.4 million||-40%||$419.5 million||$989.9 million||5th|
|10||Bring the Soul: The Movie||$2.2 million||NE||$4.4 million||$4.4 million||NE|
NE = New Entry
Last Updated: August 12, 2019