Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was really in a one blockbuster race this weekend. The big question was how the first Fast and Furious spin-off would fare. Audiences did respond to the pairing of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s first solo team-up, which opened with $60.8 million.
This is the lowest opening entry in the saga since Dwayne Johnson came on board with Fast Five, which opened at $86 million. None of Johnson’s previous Fast and Furious films have opened to less than $97 million with the high mark being Furious 7’s $147 million kickoff. Clearly the Fast and Furious brand has been good for Johnson’s blockbuster star status as Hobbs & Shaw is his sixth best opening. Johnson’s films tend to open around the $35 million to $40 million mark so this is still a huge win for him.
Statham has also benefited from his involvement in the franchise as this marks his third best opening weekend behind Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. Statham hasn’t been the box office draw as Johnson with his films debuting more in the $16 million to $20 million range. Hobbs & Shaw claim the eighth best opening of the year behind Us ($71 million).
Worldwide, the film cruised with $120 million. Without huge challengers coming next week, Hobbs & Shaw should capture a second weekend. The question is how steep will the drop-off be in its sophomore weekend? The Fate of the Furious saw a 61% drop from its $98.7 million opening weekend for a $38.4 million second weekend. Fast & Furious 6 saw a $63% drop in its $117 million opening. Furious 7 (59.5% decrease) was the outlier as fans flocked to that in large part due to Paul Walker’s death.
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Assuming Hobbs & Shaw follows a similar pattern its second weekend would see it around the $25 million range. The closest competitor could be from Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which could take advantage of limited family options to pull off the “upset.”
The Lion King clawed to second place with $38.2 million to earn $430 million domestically while worldwide the weekend’s $72 million haul brought it global total to $1.195 billion. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood dropped 51% from its opening weekend and brought in $20 million for a total of $78.8 million.
Spider-Man: Far From Home quietly held onto fourth place with $7.75 million to take it now to $360 million domestically. It’s running out of time to catch Spider-Man 2’s $373 million for second place in the Spider-Man series and Spider-Man’s $403.7 million is far out of distance. On the plus side the film has long surpassed Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334 million), which should keep the Sony/Marvel Studios partnership going strong.
In fifth place, Toy Story 4 brought in another $7.15 million bringing its domestic total to $410. Worldwide, it’s at $959 million with a billion in easy range. It’s just $5 million shy of passing Toy Story 3 as the series’ highest grossing film domestically.
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