Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: Scary Stories Has Scary Good Opening, But Hobbs & Shaw Stays No. 1

The Fast & Furious spinoff continued to dominate the box office as the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick surprised industry watchers.

by | August 11, 2019 | Comments

The Fast & Furious franchise – now in presenting mode – continued a long tradition of dropping sharply in its second weekend, though Hobbs & Shaw still made enough to hold on for the top spot at the box office for at least one more week. Teenagers did actually come close to dethroning Statham and The Rock, but it was not the kids most expected to lead the way among five new wide releases.


King of the Crop: Hobbs & Shaw Leads Weekend But Trails In Series

Frank Masi / © Universal

(Photo by © Universal Pictures)

Since the 50% drop of the surprise hit original back in 2001, the lowest drop among its sequels in their second weekend was the 59.1% for 2006’s Tokyo Drift. That was also the one film that didn’t feature Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and it had the lowest opening ($23.97 million) and is the only film in the franchise to not gross $127 million or higher. It grossed $62.51 million, which Hobbs & Shaw nearly bested in its opening weekend. Nevertheless, the film – which had the sixth best opening of the series – dropped 57.7% from its first weekend, putting it in the league of the sequels which have fallen 59.1% to 63.9% over time.

That brings the film’s total to $108.5 million after 10 days, which is also the sixth best in the series, trailing the $116.49 million of the fourth entry, 2009’s Fast & Furious. That film made $27.23 million in weekend two (after a 61.6% drop) and finished with $155.06 million. Hobbs & Shaw is currently hovering just over Rise of the Planet of the Apes for the eighth best gross for an August release after 10 days, but that film also had a stronger second weekend with $27.83 million. The first spinoff of the Furious franchise is currently looking at a final gross between $150 million and $161 million. The global total for the $200 million production stands at $332 million.


Fresh Surprise: Could There Be More Scary Stories To Tell?

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark

(Photo by )

CBS Films, under the Lionsgate banner, look like they may have a little hit on their hands. The $25 million production Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark had a strong start with a $20.8 million opening. Lionsgate has had a back-and-forth summer, first with the weaker-than-expected performance of Charlize Theron/Seth Rogen romantic comedy, Long Shot, and then with Luc Besson’s Anna grossing less than $8 million. But in between that they had John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The ending of Scary Stories suggests there is hope of turning this into a series (so many stories to still tackle), and surely Lionsgate hopes it can outlast some of its 2019 horror counterparts until It: Chapter Two opens after Labor Day and leaves them all in the dust.

The Stories opening is slightly better than Annabelle Comes Home’s $20.26 million. (The Wednesday opener had $17.46 million in its first three days.) The Pet Sematary remake and The Curse of La Llorona (both “R”-rated) opened to $26.34 million and $24.50 million, respectively, and finished with nearly identical grosses of $54.73 million and $54.72 million. The “PG-13”-rated Escape Room opened to $18.23 million and finished with $57 million. Scary Stories ranks as the eighth best horror opening ever in August, ahead of The Last Exorcism ($20.36 million) and Exorcist: The Beginning ($18.05 million), both of which also finished with nearly identical totals of $41.03 million and $41.82 million, respectively. On first glance, Scary Stories sets a first estimate somewhere between $41 million and $59 million.


Rotten Returns: A Rough Weekend for Stories About Crime and Unfair Punishment

The Kitchen

(Photo by Alison Cohen Rosa / © Warner Bros.)

Audiences were either unaware or unwilling to attend the true story of a 2002 NFL prospect falsely accused of rape, Brian Banks. This was only the fifth wide opening in Bleecker Street’s five-year history and the $2.1 million start – not enough to crack the top 10 – translated into their third-worst per-theater-average ($1,492), ahead of only Elvis & Nixon’s $1,224 PTA in 381 theaters back in 2016 and their release of Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation ($1,645 in 31 theaters). The studio had their fourth highest-grossing film ever this year back in March with Hotel Mumbai ($9.65 million) and released The Art of Self-Defense last month, which has grossed $2.41 million to date.

Looking even worse, though, is Warner Bros.’ The Kitchen. The movie’s 20% Tomatometer score makes it not just one of the worst-reviewed films of the summer – down with The Hustle  (14%) and Men In Black International (22%) – but one of the 10 worst-reviewed wide releases of 2019. Last year, WB did not have a film open to less than $10 million; with $5.51 million this weekend, The Kitchen becomes the third WB movie to open with less than $10 million this summer after The Sun Is Also A Star ($2.51 million) and Shaft ($8.90 million). They had four films open with less than $10 million in 2017. Last summer’s The Happytime Murders, with Melissa McCarthy, opened to $9.53 million. It was her lowest opening as a headliner to date – until The Kitchen.


The Top 10 and Beyond: Dora Gets Slightly Lost as Disney Continues to Rack Up Milestones

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Paramount Pictures)

(Photo by © Paramount Pictures)

There were still two more wide releases this week and the results were not great for either. Many actually gave Dora and the Lost City of Gold a puncher’s chance of knocking Hobbs & Shaw from the top spot, but it could not even beat Scary Stories. A $17 million opening is not the end of the world, but the $49 million production is going to need some help to turn a profit. That opening is about on par with the August release of Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams ($16.71 million) back in 2002, a film which went on to gross $85.84 million. Though that would require a 5x multiple over opening weekend, something only four films opening in more than 2,000 theaters have achieved this millennium: Crazy Rich Asians (6.58x), The Help (6.51x), We’re the Millers (5.69x), and The 40 Year-Old Virgin (5.1x).

The Art of Racing in the Rain, this week’s final wide release, did about half of Dora’s business, making just a little more ($8.1 million) than this summer’s sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey ($8.03 million). Advertised as being from the studio that brought you Marley & Me, nobody expected it to reach that film’s heights. Though without any decent word-of-mouth, the film will likely not even reach the $32.64 million that Fox’s 2005 dog drama, Because of Winn-Dixie, made nor will it touch the $36.35 million that Marley grossed in its opening weekend.

Andrew Cooper / © Columbia Pictures

(Photo by Andrew Cooper / © Columbia Pictures)

Over to some films that can certainly register as success stories. The Lion King has grossed $473.1 million, which is the ninth best ever after 24 days of release. Even though the top 15 films on that list had stronger fourth weekends, the film is still headed for $530 million-to-$540 million domestic. With $1.33 billion worldwide, the film is just $12.3 million away from becoming one of the 10 highest-grossing films of all time. Then we have Toy Story 4, which is just $10 million away from crossing the billion dollar line and is currently the 43rd highest-grossing film ever; it is also just $7.3 million away from passing Captain Marvel to become the 3rd-highest domestic grosser of 2019. Spider-Man: Far From Home was already over the billion mark before the weekend; this week it will crack the $1.1 billion mark and is close to entering the top 25 all-time earners, even if it will come up short of $400 million domestic.

Then we have a film that is not a sequel, not a comic book film, not a live-action remake, and not a Pokémon. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood became the first original film of the summer – and just second of 2019 joining Jordan Peele’s Us – to gross over $100 million. Speaking of gross, Tarantino’s acclaimed film is actually right on pace with, of all films, Grown Ups 2, which grossed a virtually identical $11.6 million in its third weekend and had $101.76 million after 17 days. It ultimately grossed $133.66 million and there is a good chance that Hollywood will eventually pass that number, too.

The Farewell (A24)

(Photo by © A24)

Finally, A24 brought The Farewell into wide release this weekend, putting it in 704 theaters (up from last week’s 409). Lulu Wang’s film, Certified Fresh at 99% on the Tomatometer, grossed just $2.2 million this weekend, which pales in comparison to other fifth-week releases between 650-750 theaters. The bulk of them are films which got their expansions during awards season, which is an entirely different beast. But there are comparable summer releases out of Sundance like Zach Braff’s Garden State, which was in its second week of wide release in 745 theaters grossing $2.79 million, and the documentary sensation, March of the Penguins, which expanded into wide release on weekend five (695 theaters) and grossed $4.38 million.

Though there is also a glass-half-full situation as well, as long as A24 continues to expand and keeps chipping its way forward with a million or two each week. Garden State had $8.85 million after a month of release (The Farewell is at $10.32 million), never grossed higher than $3.02 million in a weekend, and was never in more than 813 theaters. It ended up grossing $26.7 million.


This Time Last Year: A Big Shark, A Slender Man, and a Black Klansman Opened

JASON STATHAM as Jonas Taylor in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Gravity Pictures' science fiction action thriller "THE MEG." (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

(Photo by © Warner Bros.)

All 75 feet of The Meg took the number 1 spot at the box office. The giant shark film grossed $45.4 million and began a climb to over $530 million worldwide. The horror film Slender Man grossed $11.37 million for fourth place, while Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman opened to $10.84 million. In milestones, Ant-Man and the Wasp crossed the $200 million mark and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again passed $100 million. The top 10 films grossed $126.97 million and averaged 64.7% on the Tomatometer; this year’s top 10 grossed $120.32 million and averaged 67.1% with critics.


On the Vine: Another Crowded Weekend Led by Potty Mouths And Angry Birds

(Photo by © Universal Pictures)

It is another packed weekend that could be led by Good Boys, the Seth Rogen production featuring the “R”-rated adventures of Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams. Will audiences return for a second flock of The Angry Birds Movie 2 or will it fall victim to the August animation trap right as kids return to school? The same question can be asked of 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, the sequel to the minor sharkbait hit of 2017. Richard Linklater teams with Cate Blanchett on the delayed Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which is his first film not to play any film festivals prior to release since his 2005 remake of Bad News Bears. Finally, one of the sensations of this year’s Sundance was Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Lightstarring Viveik Kalra as a guy who becomes inspired to live out his dream as a writer thanks to the music of Bruce Springsteen.


The Full Top 10: August 9-11

  1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 67% – $25.4 million ($108.51 million total)
  2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) 77% – $20.8 million ($20.8 million total)
  3. The Lion King (2019) 52% – $20 million ($473.1 million total)
  4. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) 85% – $17 million ($17 million total)
  5. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) 85% – $11.6 million ($100.33 million total)
  6. The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) 44% – $8.1 million ($8.1 million total)
  7. The Kitchen (2019) 23% – $5.51 million ($5.51 million total)
  8. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) 90% – $5.3 million ($370.97 million total)
  9. Toy Story 4 (2019) 97% – $4.4 million ($419.57 million total)
  10. The Farewell (2019) 97% – $2.21 million ($10.32 million total)

Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Esquire Red Carpet witnail dark golden globes streaming BBC America cancelled TV series spider-verse Apple TV+ Disney+ Disney Plus crime Toys game show space all-time TCA transformers zombie mob MTV art house ID Country Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt sag awards Extras Binge Guide criterion 93rd Oscars Nickelodeon jurassic park cinemax scorecard 2015 TCA Awards wonder woman Pop TV tv talk cancelled TV shows sports cops Best and Worst new york Cannes nfl international boxing trophy comic books Hear Us Out USA Network doctor who 2020 news NBA crime thriller AMC Plus Rocky APB Starz 2019 Chernobyl mutant Quiz Television Academy First Reviews Crackle Polls and Games Sundance Now Sneak Peek Comics on TV Set visit slashers Prime Video Superheroe animated Kids & Family adaptation Ghostbusters movie SDCC Syfy Peacock best Fox Searchlight new zealand Opinion Heroines NYCC Mystery Tomatazos Box Office 79th Golden Globes Awards laika Fargo Shondaland Spike Captain marvel know your critic rotten movies we love joker mission: impossible Amazon cars Best Actor Film WGN medical drama halloween free movies DC Universe TNT The CW Horror Writers Guild of America telelvision FOX romance TLC emmy awards Amazon Prime kong Hollywood Foreign Press Association Spectrum Originals die hard The Witch monster movies E! critic resources Netflix Christmas movies Freeform Christmas video green book screenings action-comedy Black History Month nature book adaptation comics social media Countdown Fantasy Amazon Prime Video stoner 73rd Emmy Awards christmas movies batman President zero dark thirty police drama indie documentaries serial killer saw women remakes elevated horror Showtime New York Comic Con Academy Awards Broadway 2017 Columbia Pictures OneApp HBO PlayStation 71st Emmy Awards Trophy Talk discovery Creative Arts Emmys rom-coms historical drama stop motion dexter adventure rt labs Song of Ice and Fire Sundance richard e. Grant Awards Tour Marathons olympics Comedy Central Musicals Best Picture Family casting what to watch obi wan Best Actress Vudu Grammys See It Skip It young adult versus DC Comics Walt Disney Pictures Schedule Wes Anderson BET directors king arthur films IFC Films cats Lifetime razzies hispanic game of thrones Neflix reboot indiana jones Tokyo Olympics canceled TV shows Cosplay dc hollywood Mary Poppins Returns feel good Logo marvel cinematic universe war ITV strong female leads spanish language VOD book docuseries First Look aliens 45 YouTube Emmys TV Land Hulu black comedy LGBTQ Alien ABC streaming movies Fall TV SXSW 2022 Film Festival heist movie SXSW comic book movie theme song Mindy Kaling cartoon marvel comics leaderboard LGBT legend RT21 cancelled television Adult Swim Winter TV RT History Summer crime drama revenge canceled Super Bowl Tubi The Purge Musical debate zombies Best Director comiccon scene in color TV renewals USA Cartoon Network TCM CW Seed blockbuster IFC Paramount Infographic Crunchyroll Interview 94th Oscars Universal Arrowverse El Rey Disney streaming service franchise Teen AMC Discovery Channel Lionsgate anime Superheroes National Geographic San Diego Comic-Con A&E comedies black SundanceTV ESPN American Society of Cinematographers Fox News unscripted Paramount Plus Trailer Pop travel dreamworks Rom-Com Marvel Television Exclusive Video critics Character Guide Pet Sematary Endgame pirates of the caribbean political drama renewed TV shows Certified Fresh dogs Martial Arts Awards Tumblr 4/20 Thanksgiving asian-american YouTube Premium 20th Century Fox Nominations YA hidden camera YouTube Red romantic comedy Lifetime Christmas movies Mary poppins kids psycho DirecTV TCA 2017 MCU series genre Shudder Avengers Emmy Nominations Britbox Amazon Studios Watching Series natural history stand-up comedy Holidays festivals disaster live action toy story Sci-Fi OWN The Arrangement Music hist Reality Instagram Live Anna Paquin Reality Competition Paramount Network Hallmark Christmas movies NBC IMDb TV Brie Larson superhero aapi cults Comic-Con@Home 2021 GIFs Pixar teaser GoT obituary satire South by Southwest Film Festival Women's History Month australia trailers dceu worst scary japan television cancelled 2021 quibi miniseries BAFTA mcc independent werewolf parents football blaxploitation hispanic heritage month Oscar ViacomCBS 1990s universal monsters 21st Century Fox justice league Tags: Comedy politics Baby Yoda A24 Tarantino Travel Channel Epix prank sequels dragons rt labs critics edition CMT venice FX technology Legendary vs. suspense Universal Pictures movies Comedy Disney Plus Winners singing competition Food Network breaking bad james bond french new star wars movies spy thriller BBC One based on movie facebook PaleyFest Disney CBS All Access halloween tv lord of the rings science fiction nbcuniversal composers basketball TV movies Sundance TV ghosts CBS robots Election name the review high school TIFF Acorn TV godzilla TruTV Stephen King comic GLAAD Lucasfilm streamig 007 Premiere Dates blockbusters thriller twilight HBO Max Star Trek anthology chucky Biopics Mary Tyler Moore golden globe awards Western 2018 TV One DC streaming service Funimation rt archives Holiday FXX crossover king kong boxoffice sequel ratings period drama Podcast TV classics spanish Ellie Kemper 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards DGA binge Apple adenture TCA Winter 2020 children's TV concert 2016 24 frames kaiju Star Wars Mudbound Classic Film Rock award winner Calendar BET Awards docudrama child's play Nat Geo slasher Disney Channel jamie lee curtis Turner Elton John deadpool rotten fast and furious italian festival Turner Classic Movies Valentine's Day finale Sony Pictures E3 vampires Pirates MGM The Academy Pacific Islander BBC Drama psychological thriller target Trivia ABC Family Chilling Adventures of Sabrina biopic Bravo diversity gangster south america superman Hallmark Dark Horse Comics Marvel fresh spain Television Critics Association The Walking Dead spider-man Black Mirror harry potter Comic Book Photos japanese sitcom popular live event foreign a nightmare on elm street cooking Marvel Studios History archives comic book movies VH1 screen actors guild mockumentary Spring TV CNN 90s ABC Signature HFPA FX on Hulu 72 Emmy Awards TBS worst movies VICE Video Games Action supernatural Masterpiece Apple TV Plus scary movies posters Oscars WarnerMedia Image Comics Pride Month talk show video on demand true crime Ovation documentary sopranos biography Year in Review Animation X-Men 99% spinoff royal family toronto Warner Bros. HBO Go MSNBC dramedy The Walt Disney Company Rocketman PBS latino Netflix reviews