'Hobbs & Shaw' still leads North American box office

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"Hobbs & Shaw" slowed a bit but clung to the top spot in North American theatres this weekend, taking in an estimated $25.4 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said on Sunday.

Box Office Pro predicted Hobbs & Shaw would lead with $29 million, followed by Dora at $22 million and Lion King at $20.8 million.

Fourth spot went to new Paramount comedy "Dora & the Lost City of Gold", at $17 million.

Thus far, The Lion King is the highest-earning live-adaption remake of a movie to date, beating out Disney's other big blockbusters including Aladdin, and The Beauty And The Beast.

Michelle Rodriguez, the actress who played Letty Ortiz in the film series also got real about her frustration on Twitter, saying that the spin-off should have brought justice to the death of the Han character.

The film decreased by 58% at the box office since the first week, however, such numbers are typical for the second weekend.

Starring Isabela Moner as the teen explorer, Dora is based on the popular television series.

The film took second place, bringing in $20.8 million instead of the $15.9 million Box Office Pro predicted. Newcomers like "The Art of Racing in the Rain", with Milo Ventimiglia, of "This is Us", came in sixth place with $8.1 million. The Fox 2000 property was inherited by Disney in the takeover.

"The Kitchen" also flopped with only $5.5 million, coming in at seventh place and it seems like critics agreed. Forecasts for the film, which cost $49 million to make, ranged from $20.5 million to $22 million.

Warner Bros. distribution head Jeff Goldstein said that they were "very disappointed" with the results.

"The filmmakers took a very bold approach to their choice with the movie and ... it just didn't resonate with the viewers", Goldstein says. "The good news is the movie was a fairly low-budgeted film". The film has just passed Star Wars: The Last Jedi worldwide, making it the #12 highest grossing movie of all time, and putting it in a prime position to crack the top 10 highest grossing movies ever.

But the marketplace is already looking ahead to the fall and the release of "It Chapter Two". Final domestic figures will be released Monday.



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