Weekend Box Office (August 2 - 4, 2019)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Universal broke up the Disney/Marvel stranglehold on the top of the box office with the franchise spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, while for the first time in box office history four films with over $350M in grosses resided in the top 10.
Dwayne Johnson once again showed his box office muscle as alongside Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw opened in the number one spot with an estimated $60.8M from 4,253 theaters for a per screen average of $14,296. The man formerly known as The Rock has been touting the film's CinemaScore of an A- as being the highest in the history of the franchise. Reviews were on the higher end of mixed but with this type of more-bang-for-your-buck film, it's the audiences that matter more than the critics. The film also picked up an additional $120M overseas for a worldwide opening weekend of $180M, not including China which doesn't open until August 23rd. There is little doubt Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw: Tokyo Drift will be out in a couple of years.
Falling one spot into second place was the first of the Disney juggernauts this weekend, The Lion King which added an additional $38.2M, according to estimates, bringing its total up to a massive $430.9M after only three weekends. Its overseas total stands at $765M for a worldwide total of nearly $1.2B, already at number 19 of the highest grossing films of all-time.
Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, landed in third place this weekend with an estimated $20M, a drop of 51% from its opening weekend. With $78.8M in the bank so far it has already become Tarantino's fourth highest grossing film ever and will likely surpass 1994s Pulp Fiction and 2009s Inglourious Basterds to finish number two as it looks to end its run in the $120-130M range, putting it behind the $162.8M made by Django Unchained in 2012.
Marvel's final Phase 3 entry, Spider-Man: Far From Home, took in an estimated $7.7M in its fifth weekend bringing its domestic total up to $360M and its worldwide total up to $1.08B. Disney's second massive hit in the top 10, Toy Story 4 took fifth place this weekend with an estimated $7.1M bringing its cume up to $410M after seven weekends. By next weekend it will likely becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise, passing Toy Story 3's $415M from 2010. Internationally it added $10.2M bringing its total worldwide total up to $959M.
Sixth and seventh place went to smaller films that continue to make big noise at the box office. In sixth place was the Beatles-less fantasy Yesterday which had the best hold in the top 10, falling just 21% in its sixth weekend, adding an additional $2.4M, according to estimates, bringing its cume up to $68M. In seventh was A24's The Farewell which added 274 screens and saw its gross jump 60% to $2.4M, bringing its total up to $6.8M while still only playing on 409 screens.
Horror entry Crawl was next with an estimated $2.1M, bringing its total up to $36M after a month. Disney's final appearance in the top 10 came in at number nine as Aladdin drummed up $2M, according to estimates, allowing it be the fourth $350M+ film on the charts, sitting at $350.3M after 11 weeks in theaters. And rounding out the top 10 was Annabelle Comes Home which scared up $875K this weekend, according to estimates, for a $71M total to date.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $143.9M which was up 20% from last year when Mission: Impossible - Fallout remained at number one in its second weekend with $35.3M; and up 36.5% from 2017 when The Dark Tower opened on top with $19.1M.
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Last Updated: August 4, 2019 at 4:00PM ET
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