Hobbs & Shaw is First and Furious

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Movie Monday Hobbs and Shaw

Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw have never liked each other much. But when did a little mutual loathing ever get in the way of success?

Hobbs & Shaw’s titular characters stopped bickering long enough to push aside The Lion King and take the weekend’s box office win. The film—the latest in the Fast & the Furious franchise—stepped on the gas and roared to an estimated $60.8-million North-American debut. Experts say Hobbs & Shaw made nearly twice that much overseas, which would fatten its overall coffers to about $180 million (and some spare change). That just might be enough to encourage Hobbs and Shaw to tolerate each other’s faces long enough for a sequel.

While The Lion King slid to second, weep not for Disney’s fiscally fruitful feline. The Lion King’s $38.2 million weekend take pushed its total domestic box-office tally to $430.9 million. That makes it 2019’s second-biggest money-making movie—leapfrogging fellow Disney properties Captain Marvel ($426.8 million) and Toy Story 4 ($410.1 million) for the honors. It’s not gonna catch the year’s biggest movie, Avengers: Endgame, unless something seriously crazy happens, but no worries: The Lion King has proved that it ain’t no passing craze.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood earned $20 million and finished third in no-doubt fashion—trailing The Lion King by more than $18 million and outdistancing the rest of the field by more than $12 million.

The fight for fourth place was a wee bit closer. Spider-Man: Far From Home managed to edge out Toy Story 4 by the width of (an admittedly hefty) plastic spork, earning $7.8 million to Toy Story’s $7.2 million. Pixar’s animated film is now spending its seventh weekend in the top five, and it continues to do well overseas, too. In fact, Toy Story 4 has now earned a total of around $959 million. If it earns “just” $41 million more, it’ll become the fifth movie this year to earn more than $1 billion globally.

Will Hobbs & Shaw be able to hold onto the top spot? That’s a pretty good question, actually. A whopping five wide-release films are going to take aim at the Fast & Furious’ bellicose buddies. And even when you’re as muscle-bound as these two guys, that’s a lot of cinematic horsepower to take on.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Rented Coco yesterday and saw it last night so I've finally seen all the Pixar films. Coco in my mind wasn't one of Pixar's best, but still was a pretty good film in its own right. It was a little slow at times, and had some weird funky stuff that creeped me out at times, but also was quite sweet and emotional at times, especially towards the end with Coco herself, and though most of the Spanish music wasn't that good in my opinion the song Remember Me was great and was a definite highlight of the movie. All in all I wasn't exactly wowed by Coco but enjoyed it anyway for what it was.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I saw Descendants 3 this weekend and absolutely loved it. It was one of the best movies I've seen so far this year honestly. The tributes to Cameron were sweet and touching, and the movie itself was easily the best of the series to me. From the story, to the extra characters, to the quality of the songs, everything was taken up a notch and made the whole movie much more interesting than the two previous Descendants combined. Plus maybe it was just me but for some reason I got a slight King Lear vibe while watching it, which being a huge Shakespeare nut I greatly appreciated. Either way it was a great great movie, and the extra special touches honoring Cameron was just the icing on the cake.