August isn’t known in general for lighting up the box office so we’re used to seeing smaller numbers after some big summer weekends. In its second week, Univeral kept the top spot with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw bringing in $25.4 million, bringing to almost $109 million domestic. The film did another $60 million overseas to bring that side up to $224 million and a worldwide total of $332 million in fourteen days. It’s continuing to open in new markets and next weekend sees it getting ready to launch in China.
Of the new films, it’s a mixed bag of how well things are doing this weekend. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark took the second place spot with almost $21 million on its $25 million budget but it earned itself a “C” CinemaScore while skewing female and older, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold feels like it’s far past the time when the property was hot but it did $17 million on its $49 million budget and about $2.5 million with just a handful of markets and is on a slow roll out internationally through November when it finally opens in Brazil.
The Art of Racing in the Rain came in sixth with a $8 million debut, which is under most expectations, but it got an “A-” CinemaScore and saw higher female and older audience interest which could give it some legs while internationally it’s doing the same as Dora with a slow rollout through December.
The last new film of the weekend was The Kitchen which pretty much bombed with a $5.5 million take, well below expectations. It didn’t attract younger audiences at all, no surprise there, and older audiences were more likely to wait for it to show up on home availability options.