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Box Office Report For August 9-11

Welcome back everyone to the weekly box office report! As always, each and every single Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, the adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark enters the fray, hoping to scare up some money and blow past Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. There are plenty of other new releases too, including The Art of Racing in the Rain, Brian Banks, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, The Kitchen, and The Peanut Butter Falcon, to name a few. How did all of the titles do this time around, you might be wondering? Let us take a look right now at just that…

Taking the top spot this week once again was the action spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. This time around, the haul was $25.4 million, representing a notable drop, though still nothing to scoff at. As mentioned last weekend, a price tag of about $200 million means there’s plenty more work still to be done, though it’s a hit overseas as well, so I’m sure the powers that be are happy. Again, this won’t be the last we’ve heard of the series, trust me there.

Unable to take the crown but debuting at number two was the fright flick Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. $20.8 million wasn’t quite enough for the pole position, but is a pretty decent opening overall. If it shows legs at all, the Guillermo del Toro produced genre offering could easily become a franchise of its own. Stay tuned there!

Debuting at number four was Dora and the Lost City of Gold with an estimated $17 million. Costing almost $50 million to make, this family friendly adventure will need to not have a huge drop in the weeks to come in order to turn a profit. That being said, with a crowded weekend like this, could it have expected much more?

Sixth place went to the canine tale The Art of Racing in the Rain. Only finding a limited audience, the drama took in $8.1 million. Interestingly, this is almost identical to the opening weekend earlier this year of A Dog’s Journey, though below the start for A Dog’s Way Home. Make of that what you will.

At number seven, somewhat torpedoed by a strange reluctance to screen for critics until late in the week, was the mob tale The Kitchen. $5.5 million isn’t good, though with how fully New Line and Warner Bros. seemed to abandon this one, it may even have slightly exceeded expectations. Go figure, right?

Opening up outside the top ten, Brian Banks field to fully inspire. A little over $2.1 million is not the start that Bleecker Street had hoped for. The theater count was rather middling, so that didn’t help, either.

Among indie/limited release titles, The Peanut Butter Falcon showed signs of being a potential breakout hit. Taking in 205K from only seventeen screens, look for the crowd pleaser to expend in the weeks to come. Elsewhere, the remake After the Wedding made 57K on five screens, while the documentary One Child Nation took in 22K on just a pair of screens…

Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – $25,400,000

2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – $20,800,000

3. The Lion King – $20,000,000

4. Dora and the Lost City of Gold – $17,000,000

5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – $11,600,000

6. The Art of Racing in the Rain – $8,100,000

7. The Kitchen – $5,510,000

8. Spider-Man: Far from Home – $5,300,000

9. Toy Story 4 – $4,400,000

10. Bring the Soul: The Movie – $2,296,491

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. The Farewell – $2,217,690

12. Brian Banks – $2,145,793

13. Yesterday – $1,100,000

14. Aladdin – $819,000

15. Crawl – $700,000

16. The Secret Life of Pets 2 – $410,000

17. Maiden – $254,273

18. The Peanut Butter Falcon – $205,236

19. Avengers: Endgame – $197,000

20. Midsommar – $158,226

21. Luce – $144,357

22. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – $125,000

23. Them That Follow – $87,750

24. David Crosby: Remember My Name – $85,498

25. Tel Aviv on Fire – $77,591

26. The Nightingale – $71,826

27. Echo in the Canyon – $69,854

28. After the Wedding – $57,124

29. Stuber – $57,000

30. The Last Black Man in San Francisco – $54,582

Until next weekend folks!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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