Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw stayed atop the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, revving past no fewer than five new films to gross $25.4 million and cross the $100 million mark domestically.
Overseas, Universal’s big-budget action pic 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 done far bigger business internationally and Hobbs & Shaw is no exception.
Of the new films, CBS Films, eOne’s and Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was the only one to overperform as it placed second after earning $20.8 million.
André Ovredal directed the adaptation of the best-selling children’s horror book series by Alvin Schwartz, with Guillermo del Toro producing and co-writing. It earned a C CinemaScore, not uncommon for the horror genre. “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,” del Toro said in a statement.
Scary Stories no doubt made life tough for Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold since both are competing for younger moviegoers and especially females. Dora is an adaptation of the beloved books and Nickelodeon TV kids series about a fearless young explorer and her anthropomorphic monkey pal, Boots.
Dora opened in fourth place with $17 million (it was even beat by The Lion King). Paramount partnered with Walden Media and MRC on the movie, which is directed by James Bobin and stars Transformers actress Isabela Moner in the titular role. (MRC is owned by Valence Media, which also owns THR.)
Dora earned an A CinemaScore, which could bode well for word of mouth. In terms of demos, 40 percent of ticket buyers were Hispanic, followed by Caucasian (37 percent), Asian/Other (12 percent) and African American (11 percent).
Internationally, Scary Stories started off with $4 million from 30 markets for a global launch of $24.8 million. Dora took in $2.5 million from 11 territories for $19.5 million globally.
Source: Pamela McClintock – THR