It sounds like Universal Pictures might have a bonafide hit on their hands with Hobbs and Shaw.
BoxOfficePro is suggesting that Universal’s Hobbs and Shaw could be looking at an estimated domestic opening of around $64 million (if not higher) for its opening weekend and has pushed The Lion King off the top spot.
UPDATE: It looks like the estimated total might be more like $60.8 million.
F&F PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW was #1 out of the gate with $60.8M, however, that's a downshift of $38M compared to THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS.
— Exhibitor Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) August 4, 2019
The Fast and Furious spinoff didn’t make big money as the main movies do, but something in the $60 million range is still impressive.
Here are the previous openings in the franchise for some context.
- Furious 7 (2015) – $147.1 million
- The Fate of The Furious (2017) – $98.7 million
- Fast and Furious 6 (2013) – $97.3
- Fast Five (2011) – $86.1 million
- Fast and Furious (2009) – $70.9 million
- 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) – $50.4 million
- The Fast and The Furious (2001) – $40 million
- The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) – $23.9 million
The Lion King is still holding on strong with $38.3 million and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood nabbing an impressive $20 million during the second weekend at the box office.
It’ll be interesting to see where Hobbs and Shaw end up falling for the global total.
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.
SOURCE: BOX OFFICE PRO