Written by: Michael Clouse
There area two kings of the weekend box office. Their names are Hobbs and Shaw.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shawpowered its way to a $60.8 million weekend opening, besting The Lion King($30.2 million) for the number one spot in the United States. Hobbs & Shaw took in an additional $120 worldwide.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood($20 million), Spiderman: Far From Home($7.8 million), and Toy Story 4 ($7.1 million) rounded out the top 5.
Hobbs & Shaw is the first spinoff movie for the ultra-successful The Fast and the Furious franchise, and the 9th movie overall. In total, the franchise has taken in over $5.3 billion since the first movie premiered in 2001.
The movie follows America’s Diplomatic Security Service’s Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, and assassin turned mercenary Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham, as they team up to take down criminal mastermind Brixton Lore, played by Idris Elba. The movie was produced by Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.
The Lion King was in its third weekend. It’s grossed $430 million in the US, and an additional $764 million around the world for a total box office of just over $1.19 billion.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has earned $78.8 million in total, with Spiderman earning just under $1.1 billion, and Toy Story 4 narrowly under the billion dollar mark at $959 million.