Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw stays on top of the box office for its second week, while Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark debuts in second.
The Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw stayed atop the domestic box office chart for the second weekend in a row, zooming past no fewer than five new films to gross $25.4 million and cross the $100 million mark domestically. Overseas, Universal's big-budget action pic took in another $60.8 million for a worldwide total of $332.6 million, including a foreign cume of $224.1 million. The franchise has always done far bigger business internationally, with predecessor Furious 7 nabbing $353,007,020 domestically and $1,163,038,891 in foreign theaters, and Hobbs & Shaw is no exception.
CBS Films, eOne, and Lionsgate's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was the only theatrical debut to come close to it, dredging up $20.8 million. André Ovredal directed the adaptation of the best-selling children's horror book series by Alvin Schwartz, with Guillermo del Toro producing and co-writing. "The filmmakers and the team at CBS Films are thrilled that moviegoers are embracing the world of Scary Stories. It’s particularly satisfying to see families experiencing the fun of the movie together," said del Toro in a statement.
Scary Stories’ results are on par with the opening weekends of some of the most recent supernatural horror flicks. Annabelle Comes Home debuted June 26th to $20,269,723, and The Curse of La Llorona opened with the somewhat higher $26,347,631 on April 19th. With a debut like that, there’s a chance Scary Stories could get between $40 and $60 million in lifetime gross, assuming the fast-approaching IT: Chapter Two doesn’t steal its thunder.
July and August are a somewhat drier time in terms of big-name releases, but what movies we do have are performing admirably. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any major developments in the box office world.