Each week on Atom Insider, we break down the box office numbers for all of the biggest films opening in theaters. This past weekend saw the wide release of many new films in the Top 10, but not a single one could topple last week’s champ.
This Week’s Top Earner (For The Second Week In A Row) – ‘Hobbs & Shaw’
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw hasn’t been doing great business for a Fast and Furious movie, but it held on to the #1 spot in its second week against an onslaught of new films. That said, it dropped 57.7% from last week (a big drop considering its already low opening), scoring only $25.4 million domestically despite playing in over 4,300 theaters.
Like we mentioned last week, this is iffy for the franchise, but far more impressive compared to other 2019 summer films, especially thanks to global markets. Worldwide, Hobbs & Shaw has pulled in $332.6 million, which means it will likely finish its run as the fifth highest-grossing film in the franchise, just shy of Fast Five. Universal probably won’t pump the brakes on more of these spinoff films, but they’re probably glad the next few films in their lineup are planned to be mainline sequels.
Second Place – ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’
The box office has been a little less scary for the latest horror film from Lionsgate and CBS Films: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which managed to outperform every other new wide release without any big-name stars attached (unless you count Guillermo del Toro as producer). It screamed to the tune of $20.8 million domestically, enough to make up most of its reported production budget after just one weekend.
The film is of course based on the popular children’s book series from HarperCollins, which probably helped bring in fans familiar with the source material. For a CBS Film, this opening is only a little over half of Five Feet Apart from earlier this year, but over double the opening of Hell Fest from last year. Critics are into it, but audiences are a bit more mixed…which possibly means the film will only turn out to be a modest box office success.
And Third – ‘The Lion King’
Disney’s live-action-styled animated remake finished its first month at the box office with $20 million domestically, just a 48% drop from last week. The Lion King now the third highest-grossing animated film of all time in North America, and at $1.3 billion worldwide, it’s already the 12th highest-grossing film of all time. The film is now hot on the tails of the final Harry Potter film, and it has a real chance at entering the Top 5 films of all time, worldwide. What a wonderful phrase.
Rounding Out The Rest Of The Box Office
Only two other films made over $10 million this weekend. First is Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Paramount/Nickelodeon) at #4, which underperformed big time: only $17 million domestically against a reported budget of $49 million. Ay dios mío. The film will hit target markets like Spain, Mexico, and Brazil later into the year, so we don’t know for sure yet how Dora will fare internationally.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony) dropped to #5 this week, but it only dropped 42% with $11.6 million. And after three weeks, it finally made over its reported $90 million budget with $108 million worldwide.
Every other movie in the Top 10 had similar box office returns and played in about 2,600 theaters or so, each, except for newcomer Bring the Soul: The Movie (Trafalgar), which landed at #10 despite only playing in 873 theaters.
The other two newcomers hitting the Top 10 were The Art of Racing in the Rain (Fox) and The Kitchen (Warner Bros), which hit #6 and #7 respectively. Despite both films opening in at least 2,700 theaters, Art of Racing only made $8 million, and The Kitchen floundered with $5.5 million. Of the two, Kitchen will likely be a flop considering its midsize budget ($37 million).
Last we have Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony) and Toy Story 4 (Disney/Pixar) hitting #8 and #9. Both films will likely fall out of the Top 10 next week, depending on how the next round of wide releases do (and there are more than a few). Of course, both films have had a strong couple months at the box office, so it’s all just gravy at this point for their distributors.
And They’re Out
Annabelle Comes Home (Warner Bros) finally checked into retirement, dropping from #10 to #0, because it was pulled from theaters completely after just six weeks. It ended its run at $219.4 million worldwide, the lowest of all the “Conjuring” movies to date.
By contrast, Yesterday (Universal) is finishing its run like a champ. It fell from #6 all the way to #13 after six weeks. Just $124.9 million worldwide, but over half of that total is domestic, and its reported budget of $26 million keeps this film tuned to a profit.
The Farewell (A24) surprised us all when it hit the Top 10 last week despite only being in limited release, but it fell off to #11 due to so many new films coming in, even though it gained almost double the theaters. No matter, the low budget film (estimated $3 million) has already earned $10.3 million domestically.
As we predicted last week, Crawl (Paramount) bowed out after just 4 weeks at the box office, but it made that time count with a decent pull of $58.6 million against a reported $13.5 million budget. And Aladdin (Disney) finally reached its limit after a staggering 11 weeks at the box office, winding down to $1.03 billion worldwide.
That’s it for this weekend. Check back with Atom Insider next week as we recap all the newest releases vying for the top of the box office.