Sunday, August 11, 2019

Weekend Box-Office: SCARY STORIES Tops Newcomers With $20.8M Debut While HOBBS & SHAW Holds at #1


It was a busy weekend with no less than five new wide releases competing against an already strong batch of contenders. While "Hobbs & Shaw" still leads the charts, the PG-13 thriller "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" managed a stronger-than-expected debut. The family adventure film "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" slightly underperformed, while the dramedy "The Art of Racing in the Rain", and the crime drama "The Kitchen" failed to impress audiences. The true story drama "Brian Banks" didn't make The Top 10.

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

Universal's "Fast & Furious" spinoff  performed better than expected and held its #1 position with $25.4 million in its second weekend. The film dropped 58%, which marks the franchise's best second weekend drop since the 2001 original "The Fast and the Furious", which dropped just 50% from a $44 million debut. Its domestic total has reached $108.5 million. Overseas, the film added another $60.8 million for a tally of $224.1 million, and a global total of $332 million. The spinoff will open in China on August 23.

CBS and Lionsgate's "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" opened in second place with $20.8 million from 3,135 theaters against a $28 million budget. The PG-13 film co-produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro based on the children's horror book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz, was the only new release to perform above expectations. The film has received a positive reception from critics (80 on Rotten Tomatoes and 62 on Metacritic), while reactions from moviegoers were mixed (71% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.0 on Metacritic and a "C" grade from CinemaScore's polls).

Disney's "The Lion King" landed in third place with $20 million, which brings its domestic cume to $473 million after four weeks in theaters. Internationally, the film brought in a total of $861.5 million, and its global cume has reached $1.3 billion, becoming Disney's highest grossing "live-action" remake, and the highest grossing animated release of all-time. All we have to do now is figure out if the damn thing is live-action, or animation.

Another new release, Paramount's "Dora and the Lost City of Gold", the live action adaptation of the animated Nickelodeon series "Dora the Explorer", opened in third place with $17 million from 3,735 theaters, which is slightly below expectations. The $48 million production also brought in $2.5 million from overseas markets. The PG film was well-received by critics (82% on Rotten Tomatoes and 63 on Metacritic), while audiences generally liked it (89% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, 4.9 on Metacritic, and a solid "A" grade from CinemaScore).

The Top 5 is rounded out by Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with $11.6 million. The film dropped just 42% in its third weekend, and it has grossed a total of $100.3 million domestically against a $90 million budget. The film also opened overseas, in Russia with $7.7 million. More markets will follow throughout August and September.

The dramedy "The Art of Racing in the Rain" opened in sixth place with $8.1 million from 2,765 locations against a $20 million budget. This is yet another disappointing Disney release of a 20th Century Film. The film received mixed reviews from critics (46% on Rotten Tomatoes and 43 on Metacritic), but a decent reception from moviegoers (96% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, 5.7 on Metacritic, and an "A-" from CinemaScore).

The week's biggest flop is Warner Bros. and New Line's crime drama "The Kitchen", which finished in seventh place with a $5.5 million debut from 2,745 theaters, against a $37 million budget. Despite a stellar cast that includes Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss, the film received mostly negative reviews from critics (20% on Rotten Tomatoes and 35 on Metacritic), and an equally lackluster reception from audiences (68% on Rotten Tomatoes, 4.8 on Metacritic and "B-" from CinemaScore).

The Top 10 is rounded out by a surprise entry, the documentary "Bring the Soul: The Movie", which focuses on South Korean boy band BTS. The film opened with $2.2 million from 873 theaters, and has grossed a total of $4.4 million since opening in theaters on August 7.

New Wide Releases: "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark", "Dora and the Lost City of Gold", "The Art of Racing in the Rain", "The Kitchen", "Brian Banks".

Biggest Drop : "Crawl" (-68%)

Smallest Drop : "The Farewell" (-8.1%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Hobbs & Shaw $25.4M $108.5M $224.1M $200M
2 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark $20.8M $20.8M N/A $28M
3 The Lion King $20M $473.1M $861.5M $260M
4 Dora and the Lost City of Gold $17M $17M $2.5M $49M
5 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6M $100.3M $7.7M $90M
6 The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1M $8.1M $1.1M $20M
7 The Kitchen $5.5M $5.5M N/A $37M
8 Spider-Man: Far From Home $5.3M $370.9M $726M $160M
9 Toy Story 4 $4.4M $419.5M $570.4M $200M
10 Bring the Soul: The Movie $2.2M $4.4M N/A N/A


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