In its second weekend, "Fast & Furious" spinoff "Hobbs & Shaw” maintained its reign at the domestic box office, beating out several new films.
The action sequel, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, and Vanessa Kirby, collected $25.4 million during its second weekend of release. That's a 58% decline from its first weekend, a similar drop to other films in the franchise. After nine days in theaters, "Hobbs & Shaw" has earned $108 million in North America and $224 million overseas
In second, place, just barely edging out "The Lion King,” was kids' horror film, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," based on the stories of Alvin Schwartz. The PG-13 film, directed by André Øvredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro, debuted at No. 2 with a strong $20.8 million from 3,135 theaters. Audiences gave it a "C" CinemaScore.
Another new movie vying for kids' attention was "Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” the live-action adaptation of the animated kids TV show "Dora the Explorer." It debuted with $17 million from 3,735 screens, a not-so-great start for a film that cost nearly $50 million. It earned an "A" CinemaScore.
Bad news for Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish, however. Their gangster film "The Kitchen" marked the lowest box-office debuts of both their careers. Its $5.5 million debut was almost half of McCarthy’s much-hated "The Happytime Murders," which bowed last summer with $9.5 million.
The production, whose premise of gangsters' wives taking over their dead husbands' life of crime, might have been too similar to last year's "Widows," cost nearly $38 million, according to Variety. It costars "Handsmaid's Tale" Emmy-winner Elisabeth Moss.
Meanwhile, tearjerker "The Art of Racing in the Rain" came in on the lower end of projections with $8 million, placing sixth. Based on the popular novel by Garth Stein, it stars Milo Ventimiglia as a race car driver, with Kevin Costner voicing his dog, Enzo.
Another new release, "Bring the Soul: The Movie," a documentary about K-pop sensation BTS, cracked the top 10, with $2.3 million from 873 locations.
Here are the top 10 estimates for August 9-11, 2019
1. "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," $25,400,000
2. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," $20,800,000
3. "The Lion King" (2019, $20,000,000
4. "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," $17,000,000
5. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," $11,600,000
6. "The Art of Racing in the Rain," $8,100,000
7. "The Kitchen" (2019), $5,510,000
8. "Spider-Man: Far from Home," $5,300,000
9. "Toy Story 4," $4,400,000
10. "Bring the Soul: The Movie," $2,296,491
[Via Variety, Deadline]