Fending off competition from a bunch of new releases and strong holdovers like The Lion King, Hobbs and Shaw emerged victorious holding onto the number one spot for a second weekend. Taking an estimated $25 million, Hobbs & Shaw held up better than expectations easing about 51% in its second frame. Historically, the Fast and Furious movies make more than 75% of their global total from the international box office. While this is a spin-off, the same sort of average is still applicable.
Internationally, Hobbs and Shaw have made more than $224 million for a current global haul of more than $332 million. With a production budget of at least $200 million (before marketing), there is still a long way to go before Universal can pop the sparkling apple juice. However, the August 23 release in China should give the box office a boost. Coming in second place was the Guillermo del Toro produced Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark with a highly respectable $20.8 million debut. Based on the books by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories pushes the limits of PG-13 rated horror yet remains aimed at younger audiences who have outgrown Goosebumps. That said, the trailer for Scary Stories was enough to give me nightmares.
Disney's remake of The Lion King continues its impressive run coming in third place, adding $20 million to its domestic total. Jon Jon Favreau's redo of the beloved animated classic has a current domestic total of more than $470 million and is easily the second-biggest movie of the year with $1.3 billion taken from global audiences. Dora and the Lost City of Gold mark the first big-screen adventure for the popular character, landing in fourth place with $17 million, it's a little below the $20 million Paramount predicted, but the global appeal of Dora the Explorer can't be understated enough. Armed with a stellar cast led by Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss, crime-drama The Kitchen hasn't yielded an appetising opening weekend with just $5.5 million.
Since Disney absorbed 20th Century Fox, it hasn't had much luck spinning their completed films into box office successes. Largely thanks to the shocking performance of X-Men Dark Phoenix, Disney has lost more $170 million on the current crop of finished Fox projects. With seven more Fox titles to release this year, it's going to get worse for Disney before it gets better. There is some promise next year with Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman prequel, The King's Man, Ryan Reynolds comedy Free Man, Death on the Nile, A Bobs Burgers Movie, and 2021 brings around the first of four Avatar sequels. All of that was to explain that Fox's The Art of Racing in the Rain starring Milo Ventimiglia and the voice of Kevin Costner (as a dog named Enzo) came in sixth place with a lower than expected $8.1 million.