Hobbs & Shaw’ dethrones ‘Lion King’ to top N.America box office

Publish: 8:18 PM, August 5, 2019 | Update: 8:18:PM, August 5, 2019

LOS ANGELES, – “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” dethroned “The Lion King” in North American theaters, taking in an estimated $60.8 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

The latest installment in the long-running Fast & Furious franchise, “Hobbs & Shaw” 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 $38.2 million for second place, topping director Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” which has earned rave reviews and took in $20 million for third place.

“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 was “Toy Story 4,” which managed $8.2 million.

The latest installment in the family-friendly Disney/Pixar animation franchise that began in 1995, the movie features the voices of Tom Hanks
(Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear).

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” — which continues where “Avengers: Endgame” left off and stars Tom Holland as the Marvel superhero — came in fifth with $7.8 million.