Weekend box office: 'Hobbs & Shaw' stay ahead of newcomers, 'Scary Stories' surprises

(from left) Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," directed by David Leitch.{ }(Photo: Universal Pictures)

Weekend Box Office: August 9 - 11, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — In its second weekend “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” once again topped the box office as the action film made off with $25 million domestically. The film has now earned $108 million in North America. The international numbers are far more impressive as the spin-off has made $224 million overseas. Worldwide total is $332 million.

Solid reviews and a strong demand for genre films propelled “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” to a better than expected $20.8 million. Based on the horror anthologies by Alvin Schwartz, the film is structured similarly to the Goosebump theatrical releases as it takes threads from a variety of stories to create a narrative. The big difference between the two franchises being that “Scary Stories” is most certainly a horror film. You could argue that the two Goosebumps films were more focused on action with horror highlights.

Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” continues to attract audiences in its fourth weekend adding $20 million domestically and $473 million internationally for a worldwide total of $1.334 billion.

Paramount’s live-action adaptation of “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” was warmly received by critics and audiences alike and brought home $17 million over its first weekend. Family films tend to hold well, particularly if the word of mouth is positive. Still, the film cost $50 million to make and will need a strong opening internationally to ultimately turn a profit.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” earned $11 million this weekend. That lifts the domestic total to $100 million. That covers the film's budget.

The Kitchen” stumbled out of the gate with $5.5 million, that well below the $8 million that most predicted going into the weekend. The thriller featuring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss failed to impress critics and received a middling B- CinemaScore from audiences.

The Peanut Butter Falcon” opened on 17 screens and lured in $205,000. That’s a healthy $12,000 per theater. The film is scheduled for a wide release on August 23rd.

Elsewhere, it wasn’t a particularly good weekend for indie films as Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” fell 8% with $2.2 million despite adding nearly 300 screens and the excellent “Them That Follow” managed only $87,000 from 195 theaters.