LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” dethroned “The Lion King” in North American theaters, opening with $60 million over the weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.
The latest installment in the long-running Fast & Furious franchise features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham facing off against “cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist” Idris Elba.
It ended the box office reign of “The Lion King,” a remake of the 1994 animated film that employs hyper-realistic computer-generated images with a voice cast including Donald Glover as Simba and Beyonce as Nala, together with Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James Earl Jones.
“The Lion King” earned $38.5 million on its third weekend, topping director Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” which has earned rave reviews and took in $20 million.
“Once Upon a Time” — the ninth of the 10 movies Tarantino has said he will make before retiring — is set in Tinseltown in 1969 and features Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.
In fourth place “Spider-Man: Far from Home” — which continues where “Avengers: Endgame” left off and stars Tom Holland as the Marvel superhero — took $7.9 million.
“Toy Story 4” was fifth, pocketing another $7.3 million on its seventh weekend in theaters.
The Disney/Pixar animation once again features the voices of Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), stalwarts of a franchise that began in 1995.
Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:
“Yesterday” ($2.5 million)
“The Farewell” ($2.5 million)
“Crawl” ($2.2 million)
“Aladdin” ($2.1 million)
“Annabelle Comes Home” ($880,000)
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