Weekend Box Office Report
No big surprise as "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" takes the top spot at the box office, grossing $60,038,950. That's a far cry from initial estimates from Pro Box Office that were as lofty as $100M at one point, and over $80M less than one week out. It's also the first time since 2006's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" that the franchise has opened under $70M. Given the rest of the franchise's typical trajectory, it's fair to assume "Hobbs & Shaw" will not break $200M domestic, which is not a good thing given its $200M budget. However, the "Fast & Furious" franchise has really made its dough internationally, and with the Chinese opening not until August 23rd, there's still ample time to boost up those receipts for those awaiting a second "Hobbs & Shaw," given that it doesn't seem the two characters will be around in the ninth "Fast & Furious" movie.
While the "just set me something" lineup of "The Lion King"/"Hobbs & Shaw" Saturday/"Aladdin"/"Avengers: Endgame" x5 was the most played lineup with 488 FMLers rolling with it, the second-most played lineup of "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood"/"Toy Story 4" x7 was the consensus among FMLers setting a lineup and in both the Season Showdown and the Monthly Matchup. It was a solid "high floor, high upside" lineup it would seem, as a "Toy Story 4" Best Performer would put anyone who missed out in a serious deficit for the remainder of any multi-week contests while not destroying your chances should it miss. As many suspected, "Toy Story 4" did post a great hold, but it was only good enough to finish second in $/Bux value this weekend.
If you were one of the many that whiffed on "Toy Story 4," don't worry - very few FMLers made substantial contact anyway. It's not often that the least played movie on the slate takes your BP, but it happened this week as "The Secret Life of Pets 2" posted an astounding -20% hold, grossing $741,830. That isn't much, but it's a lot of value for a movie priced at just $9 Bux. That translates to $82,426/Bux and a BP win. Only 24 players were able to come up with this week's PC of "The Lion King"/"Hollywood"/"Toy Story 4"/"Pets 2" x5, which grossed $84,588,837 after including $15M in bonuses.
A couple box office notes to wrap up the week:
"Shazam" ends its domestic run at $140M, putting it squarely behind "Justice League's" $229M and in the cellar for the DC Extended Universe. It did beat the Marvel basement dweller, 2008's "The Incredible Hulk," by about $5M.
"The Lion King" has pushed past "Captain Marvel" to second in the 2019 domestic gross rankings, now at $430M. I still think $500M is not guaranteed, but we'll see.
After three weekends of one new wide release, we get five this week. Because why not. Oh and thankfully, they are wordy titles, so they'll pretty much fill this entire paragraph on their own. They are "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," "The Kitchen," "The Art of Racing in the Rain," and "Brian Banks." Look, if you can't find something to enjoy this weekend at the cinema, I don't know what to tell you. Other than just watch "Mad Max: Fury Road" at home or something. Set your lineups by Friday Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific and we'll see you here next week!