Box Office: August 2-4

The first weekend of August has hit and while I didn’t get to use my Regal Unlimited program yet, I’ll be seeing the top film here in a few days with it. Universal’s expansion on the Fast & Furious franchise kicked off Hobbs & Shaw over the weekend where it did $60.8 million in just over 4,200 screens. This is pretty much what the studio expected and it did well by scoring an “A-” CinemaScore. With it being a pricey production – $200 million – it has a lot of work to do but one suspects it just might manage it. It’s expected that it’ll pull in around $140 million domestic when its run is all said and done as it takes advantage of a kind of bleak August release slate. The film opened well overseas where it did $120 million to bring it to a $180 million worldwide debut – the fifth largest ever for the studio.

Everything else this weekend was holdovers from prior release so it’s fairly similar to what we’ve seen before. The Lion King continues to do very well with just a 50% drop that had it bringing in $38 million. That puts it at $430.8 million domestic plus $765 million overseas for a $1.195 billion take so far. And it sitll has to open in Japan and Italy later this month.

On the superhero side, Spider-Man: Far From Home added almost $8 million more to bring it to $360 million domestic and that with the overseas brings it to $1.08 billion.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had a solid hold with a 51% drop to add $20 million this weekend, getting it to a solid $78 million in its second weekend.

This week sees Fox bringing out The Art of Racing in the Rain in 2,800 screens while Bleecker Street releases Brian Banks in 1,500 screens. Dora and the Lost City of Gold will arrive in 3,500 screens from Paramount while Warner Bros. goes for The Kitchen in 2,700 screens. And for those looking for a little horror, Lionsgate has Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark arriving in 3,000 screens.