Quentin Tarantino is back in theaters and his new film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opened in theaters nationwide this weekend. The movie battled previous releases like “The Lion King” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and is outpacing his earlier films. Tarantino has to defend his title against Universal Pictures’ “Hobbs & Shaw” at the box office next weekend, followed by a long list of new releases the following week.
Disney’s “The Lion King” topped the box office with a $75.5M weekend. Now in its second week in theaters, the live-action adaptation has a $350.7M domestic total. The film is close to hitting the $1B mark, having made $962.6M worldwide. Jon Favreau directed “The Lion King,” and the movie features the voice talents of Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyonce Knowles, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric André, and Billy Eichner.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” earned $40.3M across 3,659 locations this weekend. Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and the film features Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Harley Quinn Smith, Kurt Russell, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Michael Madsen, and Rumer Willis.
Before “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Tarantino’s highest-grossing opening was “Inglourious Basterds,” which opened in 2009 and made $38M on its opening weekend. “Django Unchained” was a close second in 2012 with a $30.1M opening, and “Kill Bill Vol. 2” sat in third-place with a $25.1M opening weekend.
The new release pushed “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” another Sony Pictures release, down to third-place on the domestic charts. Spidey made $12.2M over the weekend across 3,851 locations. The Spider-Man installment hit theaters four weeks ago, and has $344.4M domestic total. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is now the highest-grossing movie in the franchise, sitting with a $1.03B worldwide total. Jon Watts directed “Spider-Man Far From Home,” which stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Disney’s “Toy Story 4” dropped to fourth-place on the domestic charts with a $9.8M weekend at 3,610 locations. The latest Toy Story installment released six weeks ago and has made $395.6M domestically. “Toy Story 4” is another film that is close to hitting the $1B mark, currently sitting with $917.9M globally. Josh Cooley directed “Toy Story 4,” which features the voice talents of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, and Kristen Schaal.
Fifth-place went to “Crawl,” which had a $4M weekend across 2,720 locations. Now in its third week in theaters, “Crawl” has a $31.4M domestic total. Alexandre Aja directed “Crawl,” which stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.
As we mentioned earlier, the big release next weekend is “Hobbs & Shaw,” starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Eddie Marsan, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren. The following weekend at the box office is overstuffed. “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” “Brian Banks,” “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” “The Kitchen,” and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” are all opening in theaters nationwide on August 9th.
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