Universal’s Fast and Furious spin-off pic, Hobbs & Shaw has opened to a global box office bow of $180.8 million. This was helped by a foreign debut of $120 million, while it had a North American opening of $60. 8 million. The Hollywood box office debut is a modest figure for the figure, having been expected to open to somewhere between $60 million and $65 million.
Hobbs & Shaw stars Jason Statham, and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who reluctantly team up to go up against a cybernetically-enhanced criminal. The film also features Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren. David Leitch (Deadpool 2) directed the pic.
Hobbs & Shaw launched in 63 markets at the weekend, and topped the charts in 52 of those, with Russia leading with $8.2 million. According to Universal, Hobbs & Shaw bagged the third biggest international opening for the franchise, behind 2017’s The Fate of the Furious and Furious 7 in 2015. In North America, it’s the sixth biggest opening for a franchise that has garnered almost $5 billion in almost two decades.
Hobbs & Shaw ranks sixth in terms of all-time openings in August, right in front of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. The pic is also the best debut in the careers of Johnson and Statham, outside the original Fast and Furious films. And it is the biggest North American opening of the summer box office outside Disney – ahead of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’s $56.8 million. The movie currently has an A- CinemaScore.
Disney’s The Lion King remake came in second place at the North American box office this weekend. The Jon Favreau pic has gone north of $400 million domestically and stands at $1.19 billion worldwide. In third place is Quentin Tarantino’s career-best opener, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which scored $20 million domestically in its second weekend.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is in fourth place with $7.8 million in North America (worldwide tally stands at $1.08 billion), while Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 rounds the top five with $7.2 million in its fourth weekend.