Weekend Box Office Report

Phil Crone

Hobbs-erve and Report


Despite an onslaught of newcomers this weekend, "Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" repeats as box office champion, as expected. "Hobbs & Shaw" fell 58% this week to gross $25,265,795, pushing it just past the $100M domestic mark. While nine-figure domestic hauls are fairly normal for Dwayne Johnson (this is his 14th $100M+ earner), it only marks the 7th $100M+ movie for co-star Jason Statham, whose other franchises like "The Transporter" and "The Expendables" were never gigantic box office draws. In fact, Statham's biggest domestic earner outside of the "Fast and Furious" series is last year's surprise breakout hit, "The Meg."


Despite a box office win, "Hobbs & Shaw" will not repeat as your PC anchor this weekend, as one of those five new releases destroyed all expectations to reshape the week and FML this weekend.


Story Time


New releases are always tough coming into the weekend for everyone, FML Pricing included. With five new releases this weekend, the chances of one far exceeding Pricing's expectations were relatively high. By week's end, the majority of FML sniffed out "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" as the one to shoot high. "Scary Stories" appeared in over 40% of all FML Cineplexes and appeared on 13% of all Cineplex screens played.
Sporting both positive critical response and a connection to the popular Guillermo Del Toro, the horror movie based on the short story book series of the same name entered the weekend as a bit of a mystery with far more upside than downside. Expected to gross around $15M, "Scary Stories" broke out to the tune of $20,915,346, which was good for second place at the box office above "Lion King" and "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" as well as an easy BP win at $101,531/Bux. "Scary Stories" was the only movie to clear $70k/Bux this week, and it beat that by over $30k.


Home Sweet Home


"Scary Stories" x4 was clearly the correct anchor play in your hunt for the Perfect Cineplex, but most players missed the mark on those bottom four screens. The consensus was "Scary Stories" x4/"Toy Story 4" x2/"Aladdin" x1/"Annabelle Comes Home" x1, played by 559 FMLers. It was a solid play to rely on the Disney movies that have held well throughout their run, but with "Dora" eating into that market, both ended up sliding just enough to allow "Spider-Man: Far From Home" to prove to be the best filler. After facing direct competition from "Hobbs & Shaw," "Spidey" slung back with just a 33% drop from last weekend and makes your PC of "Scary Stories" x4/"Spidey" x2/"Annabelle Comes Home" x2, which grossed $107,763,640 after including $13M in bonuses. Well done to the 229 FMLers who hit the PC!


Few more box office notes:


"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" crossed $100M domestic this weekend, marking the fourth time Quentin Tarantino has had a nine-figure domestic grosser.


"Dumbo's" run in the big top came to an end with $114M grossed domestic. That's over 4.5x more than 1995's "Operation Dumbo Drop!"


The Birdcage


Did you enjoy five new releases last week? Well, you're in luck! We have another five new releases this weekend! "The Angry Birds Movie 2" kicks things off early on Tuesday, then the weekend kicks things into high gear with "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," "Good Boys," "Blinded By the Light," and "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" rounding out another jam-packed slate. Set you lineups by Friday Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific and we'll see you here next week!