Scary Stories has the strongest showing of newcomers.
The summer slump is upon us as Disney's juggernaut films subside and Universal's Hobbs & Shaw (#1) easily win another weekend. The Fast & Furious franchise film retained the number one spot for the second weekend, pulling in another $25.4 million. Overall, it now has over $108 million to its name.
The best performing newcomer this weekend is Lionsgate's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (#2). Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the PG-13 horror flick, based on the popular children's short story collection, took in $20.8 million. That number is a little below the film's budgeted $25 million. While it isn't the outstanding premiere that was expected, it's a steady enough start that could lead the film to a decent haul.
Paramount's Dora and the Lost City of Gold (#4) was expected to be a much bigger player than its $17 million debut. The live-action adaptation of the hit Nickelodeon series did receive an A CinemaScore. With school starting back in much of the U.S., that number could have been impacted by last-chance family vacations or school prep activities.
Finishing on the lower end of expectations, Fox's The Art of Racing in the Rain (#6) earned just $8.1 million from 2,765 locations.
And, ending even lower than expectations, Warner Bros. and New Line's The Kitchen (#7) opened to just $5.5 million, despite starring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish, two recent box office heavyweights. Its poor reviews weren't quite matched by audiences, who gave the film a B- CinemaScore.
As for longterm box office films, The Lion King (#3) has now become Disney's the studio's highest-grossing of its recent 'live-action' reimaginings, beating out 2016's Beauty and the Beast. As a highly-conceptualized animated film, it is also now the highest-grossing animated film of all time, eclipsing Frozen. With $1.334 billion, worldwide, The Lion King is looking to eventually break into the Top Ten films of all time.
Sony's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (#5) continues to impress, earning another $11.6 million this weekend. The film from Quentin Tarantino has now earned over $1000 million to become the summer's most successful original film (na film not based on a pre-existing property of any kind).
This weekend, Sony's The Angry Birds Movie 2 should take the top spot from Hobbs & Shaw, while 47 Meters Down: Uncaged will hit over 3,600 locations for the largest opening of this slate. Plus, R-rated comedy Good Boys will open wide, alongside Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and Blinded by the Light.
TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)
1. HOBBS & SHAW - $25.26 million
2. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK - $20.9 million
3. THE LION KING - $20 million
4. DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD - $17.4 million
5. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD - $11.65 million
6. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN - $8.13 million
7. THE KITCHEN - $5.5 million
8. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - $5.2 million
9. TOY STORY 4 - $4.5 million
10. BRING THE SOUL: THE MOVIE - $2.38 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.