'Hobbs & Shaw' maintains top spot at the weekend box office

Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Business News

LOS ANGELES -- As the summer of sequels dies down, studios are beginning to roll out more dramas and family films in the run-up to fall. However, none of the weekend's five new wide releases was enough to topple Universal's "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" from the top spot at the box office.

The film, in its second weekend, added $25.4 million (a 58% drop) for a cumulative $108.5 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. Internationally, it made $60.8 million over the weekend for a global cumulative of $332.6 million.

Leading the crop of newcomers, Lionsgate, eOne and CBS Films' "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" debuted in second place with $20.8 million, within analyst projections of $20 million to $22 million.

Adapted from Alvin Schwartz's best-selling children's horror book series, the film was produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Andre Ovredal. The PG-13 movie earned a mixed reception with a C CinemaScore from audiences and an 80% "fresh" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite "Scary Stories" scoring the second biggest opening ever for CBS Films, the studio is shutting down this year.

At No. 3, Disney's "The Lion King" added $20 million in its fourth weekend for a cumulative $473.1 million. Globally, the film stands at $1.33 billion.

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In fourth place, Paramount's "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" opened with $17 million, as analysts projected.

An adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, the film was well-received with an A CinemaScore and 81% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Directed by James Bobin, "Dora" stars Isabela Moner in the titular role alongside Eva Longoria, Michael Pena and Eugenio Derbez.

The "Dora" result continues Paramount's run of solid but unspectacular performances this summer following "Rocketman" and "Crawl."

Rounding out the top five, Sony's "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" added $11.6 million in its third weekend for a cumulative $100.3 million, the only original film of the summer to cross the $100 million milestone.


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