Latest Fast & Furious Starts More Slowly Than Usual

'The Lion King' falls to second place
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2019 11:46 AM CDT
Hobbs & Shaw Lacks the Usual Fast & Furious Opening Impact
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson, left, and Jason Statham in a scene from "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw."   (Frank Masi/Universal Pictures via AP)

The first spinoff of the 18-year-old Fast & Furious franchise, Hobbs and Shaw, has pocketed $60.8 million in its North American debut and another $120 million internationally. That's the smallest domestic opening for a Fast & Furious film since 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the AP reports. But the $200 million Universal Pictures release is aiming to do its largest damage abroad. It opens in China, where Fast & Furious films have excelled, on Aug. 23.

The Lion King slid to second in its third weekend with $38.2 million. The Disney remake earlier last week crossed $1 billion worldwide. In third is Quentin Tarantino's 1969 fable Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, which held strong with $20 million in its second weekend.

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