Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s “Hobbs & Shaw” should clear the $100M over the weekend. The film hit theaters last week, bringing in over $60M domestically on its opening weekend, and rose to just above $80M on Thursday night.
The $60M opening weekend was the sixth highest in the franchise, above the sequel’s $50.4M opening, and below the original’s $70.9M debut. While the film’s opening gross was mild compared to hits like “Furious 7,” which had a $147M opening, “Hobbs & Shaw” currently has the eighth highest-grossing opening of all time in the month of August. The film beat “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” last weekend, which had a $54.8M opening in 2019. “Hobbs & Shaw” shouldn’t have any trouble bringing in the extra $20M to break $100M domestically this weekend, even though the theaters are packed with new releases.
“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” are expected to split the box office in their demo, and “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and “The Kitchen” are trending toward the low side of the box office charts. The drama “Brian Banks” is only opening in 1,240 theaters, and while it may have the highest per-theater average this weekend, it doesn’t look like the film will interfere with “Hobbs & Shaw’s” standing at the box office.
“Hobbs & Shaw” came together on an estimated budget of $200M, and the film made over $255M worldwide on just its opening weekend. As the first spinoff film in the franchise, it seems fans are excited to expand the Fast & Furious universe.
The following week is another weekend for the little ones, with “Angry Birds 2” opening in an estimated 3,500 locations. The next week offers more competition, with “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” opening against “Blinded by the Light,” “Good Boys,” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” The five new releases over two weeks will most likely hinder “Hobbs & Shaw” at the box office, and we will get a better idea at where the film will land overall within the franchise.
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