‘Hobbs & Shaw’ loses speed but still leads box office

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” slowed a bit but still finished in first place at North American theaters this weekend, taking in $25.3 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.

That was a drop-off from the previous weekend’s $60 million, but was enough to keep the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham action film from Universal Pictures ahead of new Lionsgate release “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”

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“Scary Stories,” based on the children’s horror books and produced by Guillermo del Toro, drew $20.9 million for the three-day weekend.

It tells the story of small-town teenagers who are tormented by a book they removed from a haunted house in 1968.

In third place, in its fourth week out, was Disney’s “The Lion King,” at $20.2 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.

Fourth spot went to new Paramount comedy “Dora & the Lost City of Gold,” at $17.4 million. The live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon kids’ program “Dora the Explorer” features Isabela Moner.

And placing fifth, in its third week out, was Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at $11.7 million. The Quentin Tarantino film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino in a drama set in the changing Hollywood of 1969.

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