The young-adult thriller “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” brought in over $2M in previews on Thursday night, quickly taking the top spot on the preview market. The thriller is opening in theaters against “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” “Brian Banks,” “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” and “The Kitchen.” Not only is the box office overstuffed this weekend, these films have to battle the films that are already in theaters, like “Hobbs & Shaw” and “The Lion King.”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” brought in an estimated $2.33M across 2,500 locations last night. The current estimates have the film opening anywhere between $20M-$27M, but that number could rise after Friday’s estimates are released. André Øvredal directed the movie, which is based on the popular book series by Alvin Schwartz. Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman worked on the screenplay, and the screen story comes from Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan. The film stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold” wasn’t too far behind, earning an estimated $1.25M on Thursday night. Movies made for children tend to have smaller Thursday night previews, so the lower total might not result in a smaller opening box office. Dora’s $1.25M gross on Thursday could result in an opening weekend between $20M and $30M, splitting the box office with “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” James Bobin directed the movie for Paramount Pictures, working from a story written by Tom Wheeler and Nicholas Stoller. The movie stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Adriana Barraza, Temuera Morrison, Jeff Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, and Danny Trejo.

Disney is releasing “The Art of Racing in the Rain” this weekend, another film the studio picked up from the FOX studios deal. Just the like the other FOX releases, this film isn’t expected to do well in theaters. The movie brought in an estimated $450K on Thursday night, and will most likely be another dud alongside “Dark Phoenix.” Simon Curtis directed the movie, which stars Kevin Costner (voice), Milo Ventimiglia, and Amanda Seyfried.

The low totals are a result of this month’s big releases, which are expected to do well this weekend. Universal’s “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” is in its second week in theaters, and Disney’s “The Lion King” is still going strong. Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is only in its third week, and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “Toy Story 4” were both in the top five last weekend.

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” and “Hobbs & Shaw” will most likely take first, second, and third, this weekend on the domestic box office chart, but right now it’s a toss-up between the three films.

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