Saturday Update: Universal reports that Hobbs & Shaw scored a solid $23.72 million opening day in North America on Friday, inclusive of Thursday night’s previously reported $5.8 million earnings.
Comp-wise, Hobbs registered slightly ahead of the first day grosses by films like John Wick 3 ($22.6 million), Mission: Impossible – Fallout ($22.8 million), Star Trek Beyond ($22.3 million), and Jason Bourne ($22.6 million). In fact, the film’s 4.09x multiplier from Thursday night’s earnings bests all of those titles with the exception of Bourne, further boosting indications that this film may not be as front-loaded as once expected based on the franchise’s own history.
Early word of mouth appears very encouraging among audiences as the film boasts a 90 percent Audience Score from 2,608 verified ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, far higher than the 67 percent critics’ score, indicating this will indeed prove to be a late summer crowd-pleaser.
Based on current models, Boxoffice projects Hobbs & Shaw will earn north of $60 million for the weekend (which remains Universal’s projection this morning).
The Lion King added $11.1 million to begin its third weekend, down 50.5 percent from last Friday as the Disney remake continues to prove more front-loaded than once expected. Still, with a $403.75 million domestic haul through 15 days — and having surpassed $1 billion globally earlier this week — it remains one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. Boxoffice projects a third frame around $38 million domestically.
Rounding out the top three, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood eased 66 percent from opening day last week to $5.65 million on Friday. With $64.5 million earned in eight days, the latest Tarantino hit is pacing 8 percent of his Inglorious Basterds, which had earned $59.6 million through eight days of play ten years ago this month. Boxoffice projects a second weekend north of $20 million, while Sony is slightly more conservative at $19.325 million.
Meanwhile, The Farewell expanded to 409 locations with a $706,566 estimate yesterday as it paces for a weekend north of $2 million for A24.
Early weekend estimates are listed below. Studio estimates to follow on Sunday.
Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, AUG. 2 – SUN, AUG. 4
|1||Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw||$64,000,000||—||4,253||—||$15,048||$64,000,000||1||Universal Pictures|
|2||The Lion King||$38,300,000||-50%||4,802||77||$7,976||$430,943,078||3||Walt Disney Pictures|
|3||Once Upon a Time In Hollywood||$20,200,000||-51%||3,659||0||$5,521||$79,017,475||2||Sony Pictures|
|4||Spider-Man: Far from Home||$7,700,000||-38%||3,446||-405||$2,234||$360,273,925||5||Sony / Columbia|
|5||Toy Story 4||$7,300,000||-30%||3,225||-385||$2,264||$410,200,743||7||Disney|
|9||Stuber||$560,000||-68%||1,080||-1070||$519||$21,806,533||4||20th Century Fox|
|2||Annabelle Comes Home||$880,000||-43%||919||-368||$958||$71,580,112||6||Warner Bros.|
|3||The Secret Life of Pets 2||$820,000||-11%||779||-222||$1,053||$155,499,025||9||Universal|
|1||The Fighting Preacher||$55,465||-8%||37||9||$1,499||$265,286||2||Purdie Distribution|
|2||Dumbo||$11,000||-20%||30||-15||$367||$114,761,181||19||Walt Disney Pictures|
|3||Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable||$7,700||-74%||24||-39||$321||$570,683||4||Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures|
Friday Report: Universal confirms this morning that Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw collected $5.8 million from preview shows on Thursday night. Showings began at 7pm in approximately 3,400 theaters domestically.
In the usual comp landscape, that figure is basically in line with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum‘s $5.9 million start back in May and Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘s $6.0 million one year ago. It also comes in ahead of Star Trek Beyond‘s $5.5 million and Jason Bourne‘s $4.3 million in summer 2016.
For the sake of mentioning, The Fate of the Furious took in $10.4 million from Thursday night previews in April 2017.
Entering the weekend, the studio had been expecting a debut weekend close to $60 million. It remains to be seen how weekend playability holds up in the effort of reaching that mark — with strong walk-up business generally expected. Still, most models now indicate the film is likely to end up on the lower end of expectations stateside.
More updates as they come.