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Hobbs and Shaw remains on top in US ahead of Scary Stories and Dora The Explorer

Hobbs and Shaw

Story by Jack Foley

FAST & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw has remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend, revving past five new films to gross $25.4 million and cross the $100 million mark.

Overseas, the Dwayne Johnson-Jason Statham double header grossed another $60.8 million for a worldwide total of $332.6 million, including a foreign tally of $224.1 million.

The franchise has always performed better internationally and Hobbs & Shaw is no exception. Yet combined, its global haul could well be enough to set up the new franchise the film clearly seems to be aiming for.

Of the new films that failed to overtake the Universal juggernaut, the Guillermo del Toro produced Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was the only one to over-perform, placing second with $20.8 million.

André Ovredal directed the adaptation of the best-selling children’s horror book series by Alvin Schwartz, which has got off to a strong start for a horror title aimed primarily at families.

Del Toro was among the first to welcome the figures, saying in a statement: “The filmmakers and the team at CBS Films are thrilled that moviegoers are embracing the world of Scary Stories. It’s particularly satisfying to see families experiencing the fun of the movie together.”

The surprise success of Scary Stories came at the expense of Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which were both competing for younger moviegoers. Dora, an adaptation of the beloved books and Nickelodeon TV kids series, opened in fourth place with $17 million despite garnering better reviews than Scary Stories.

Paramount will hope strong word of mouth will boost the film’s box office performance in the coming weeks. The film follows a fearless young explorer and her anthropomorphic monkey pal, Boots, as they attempt to uncover a lost city of gold and, in doing so, find her parents.

Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King came in third place with another impressive $20 million in the US. Internationally, the film took a further $51.4 million from 54 markets, enabling it to celebrate several milestones in its fourth weekend.

Jon Favreau’s movie has now become the biggest global release of all time from Disney’s live-action studio with $1.34 billion in ticket sales, not adjusted for inflation (beating Beauty & The Beast). Lion King has moved up the list of all-time biggest to No. 12., as well as becoming the second-biggest release of 2019.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, now in its third weekend, rounded out the top five with $11.6 million for a US total of $100 million. It’s only the fourth Tarantino film to cross the century mark States-side, not adjusted for inflation, and is the first original title of summer 2019 to do so.

Of the weekend’s three other new releases, Fox 2000/Disney’s canine dramedy The Art of Racing in the Rain fared the best, taking $8.1 million to land sixth place.

An adaptation of the Garth Stein novel of the same name that’s directed by Simon Curtis, the movie stars Milo Ventimiglia as a race car driver who navigates through life with his golden retriever, voiced by Kevin Costner.

Female mob drama The Kitchen tanked in its debut, coming in seventh with $5.5 million after suffering from bad reviews. The figures mark a career-worst for Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish, who star alongside Elisabeth Moss.

Finally, Brian Banks opened in 12th with $2.1 million. Directed by Tom Shadyac, the indie drama stars Aldis Hodge and tells the true story of an American football player who fought to clear his name and resume his career after he was falsely accused of rape and imprisoned.

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