Hobbs & Shaw topped the box office yet again as most of this weekend's new releases essentially flopped.
The Fast & Furious franchise continues to dominate the box office as Hobbs & Shaw once again took the top spot at the box office over its second weekend. The newly-released Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark came in at second place, while and Dora the Explorer and The Kitchen failed to impress. Current estimates place Hobbs & Shaw in first with a $25.4 million second weekend domestically, while Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark managed to pull in $20.8 million.
While those second weekend numbers for Hobbs & Shaw are nowhere near as noteworthy as recent Fast & Furious films, it is the first spin-off film from the franchise and is performing on par with the first few Fast & Furious installments. Thus far, the film has taken in $108 million at the domestic box office and $224 million overseas for a worldwide total of $332 million.
Coming in second place was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the book of the same name. The CBS Film took in $20.8 million in its opening weekend against a budget of $28 million. Regarding it's opening, Scary Stories producer Guillermo del Toro released a statement expressing excitement that audiences embraced the film. “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.”
Unfortunately, while Scary Places to Tell in the Dark may have found some success behind Hobbs & Shaw, other newcomers Dora the Explorer and The Kitchen failed to take off. The former, which is based on the long-running Nickelodeon children's show, only took in $17 million domestically -- a less than stellar opening, given its $50 million budget. And lastly, The Kitchen, based on the Vertigo Comics title, only brought in $5.5 million with a $38 million budget.