BOX OFFICE REPORT
August 9-11, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Hobbs & Shaw||$25.4 million|
|Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark||$20.8 million|
|The Lion King||$20 million|
|Dora and the Lost City of Gold||$17 million|
|Once upon a Time in Hollywood||$11.6 million|
Hobbs & Shaw continued to crack wise and kick ass at the box office. The Fast & Furious spin-off beat back all its challengers to remain No. 1, taking in an estimated $25.4 million. The film has now crossed $100 million, but it's not in the same orbit as the last few films in the franchise. It will take a nitrous boost to get this over $200 million. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark performed the best of the five wide releases, again proving horror can beat just about anything. It's earned $20.8 million to date, and while its budget wasn't reported, it can't have cost much more than that.
The Lion King slipped to third but also earned $20 million. Whether you want to call it animation or live-action, it's earned an obscene amount of money. It's already crossed the $1 billion mark, and is the second-biggest movie of 2019 both domestically and internationally. It's got about $30 million to go to top Beauty and the Beast among Disney's remakes, which shouldn't take very long.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold probably came a few years too late to hit on the Dora the Explorer craze, but solid reviews and a family-driven audience led to a decent $17 million opening. It will need to hold on strong as kids start going back to school, since it's $50 million budget was a smart gamble, but one that will still need to pay off. Once upon a Time in Hollywood fell to fifth place, becoming Quentin Tarantino's fourth movie to cross $100 million, and only the second original movie of 2019 to do so. Baby, baby, baby, we're out of time, indeed.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Peanut Butter Falcon, a buddy road movie with Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen – a disabled actor actually playing a disabled character – averaged $12,073 on its 17 screens. It adds some next weekend before going wide on August 23.
- The Art of Racing in the Rain proves audiences might be done with sad movies about dogs, as it managed just $8.1 million. But that was still better than The Kitchen. The disappointing crime saga starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss earned just $5.5 million, one of the worst debuts of 2019.
- But even that was better than Brian Banks, the real-life saga of a promising football player and his journey to reclaim his innocence after being falsely accused. The drama managed a meager $2.1 million. It was bested by the fifth week of The Farewell and a new documentary on K-pop superstars BTS.
Next week: Five more wide releases vie for the top spot. The Angry Birds Movie 2 gets a head start on Tuesday, and I think that will be plenty to beat shark movie 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, raunchy tween comedy Good Boys and the Cate Blanchett dramedy Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, which I think will have one of the year's worst debuts. Then there's Blinded by the Light, the crowd-pleasing drama about a Pakistani British teen who discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen. Warner Bros. paid a lot of money for this out of Sundance, hoping it can be a sleeper hit, but releasing it wide could backfire.