Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Hobbs & Shaw Remains #1, Scary Stories Exceeds Expectations

Hobbs & Shaw Remains #1, Scary Stories Exceeds Expectations

Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as the eponymous odd couple, outraced the competition for the second week in a row, holding the number one spot with an estimated $25.4 million.

From family films to R-rated adult fare, moviegoers had their pick as studios tried to capitalize on the waning days of summer. Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch says he's committed to ensuring that there's representation on any film he's helming.

Even though Hobbes and Shaw was the victor, other movies such as Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark came in at #2 with a $20.8 million from approximately 3,135 theaters.

That Tom Cruise action film had a similar start to "Hobbs & Shaw", opening in late July past year to a $60 million opening, but it held on better with just a 42% drop in its second weekend. Based on the hit children's books, the film was Directed by André Øvredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro.

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Box Office Pro predicted Hobbs & Shaw would lead with $29 million, followed by Dora at $22 million and Lion King at $20.8 million.

Thus far, The Lion King is the highest-earning live-adaption remake of a movie to date, beating out Disney's other big blockbusters including Aladdin, and The Beauty And The Beast.

Dergarabedian noted that, even with a PG-13 rating, horror movies once again prove to be, "a consistent draw at the box office". Newcomers like "The Art of Racing in the Rain", with Milo Ventimiglia, of "This is Us", came in sixth place with $8.1 million.

Warner Bros. and New Line's The Kitchen bombed with a domestic opening of $5.5 million. Forecasts for the film, which cost $49 million to make, ranged from $20.5 million to $22 million. But critics were not impressed: The film now has a dismal 20% on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences also largely stayed away. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

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