LOS ANGELES: “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” slowed a bit but still finished in first place at North American theatres this weekend, taking in US$25.3 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.
That was a drop-off from the previous weekend’s US$60 million, but was enough to keep Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham action film from Universal Pictures ahead of new Lionsgate release “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”
“Scary Stories,” based on the children’s horror books and produced by Guillermo del Toro, drew US$20.9 million for the three-day weekend.
It tells the story of small-town teenagers who are tormented by a book they removed from a haunted house in 1968.
In third place, in its fourth week out, was Disney’s “The Lion King,” at US$20.2 million.
The remake of the popular 1994 film has an all-star voice cast including Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, James Earl Jones and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Fourth spot went to new Paramount comedy “Dora & the Lost City of Gold,” at US$17.4 million.
The live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon kids’ program “Dora the Explorer” features Isabela Moner.
And placing fifth, in its third week out, was Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at US$11.7 million.
The Quentin Tarantino film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino in a drama set in the changing Hollywood of 1969.