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"Fast And Furious" Original Cast Express Disappointment Following "Hobbs And Shaw" Flop

12 August 2019

Audiences helped the "Fast & Furious" spinoff "Hobbs & Shaw" take another lap at No. 1 even with an onslaught of four new major releases this weekend.

Hobbs & Shaw slowed a bit but clung to the top spot in North American theaters this weekend, taking in an estimated US$25.4 million (RM106.4 million), industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said yesterday.

The Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham action flick has now grossed $108.5 million domestically and $332.6 million worldwide, according to estimates from Universal Pictures on Sunday. Based on the hit children's books, the film was Directed by André Øvredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Box Office Pro predicted Hobbs & Shaw would lead with $29 million, followed by Dora at $22 million and Lion King at $20.8 million. The remake of the popular 1994 film has an all-star voice cast including Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, James Earl Jones and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The live-action spin on Nickelodeon's long-running Dora the Explorer follows a teenaged version of the title character (Isabela Moner) as she ventures into the jungle that is high school, before embarking on a quest with several of her classmates in tow.

And placing fifth, in its second week out, was Sony's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, at US$11.6 million.

And in fifth place, Quentin Tarantino's star-vehicle "Once Upon a Hollywood" added $11.6 million and crossed the $100 million mark. The pet owner tearjerker "The Art of Racing in the Rain", with Milo Ventimiglia, opened in sixth place with $8.1 million. According to Variety, The Kitchen earned just $5.5 million. But critics were not impressed: The film now has a dismal 20% on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences also largely stayed away.

Distribution head Jeff Goldstein says Warner Bros. wasn't happy with the results.

In fact, the premiere of the movie has ultimately delayed the release date of the new "Fast & Furious 9" movie.

Viewership at the movies is down 6.3% this year. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.