Friday Box Office: ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Scares Up an Easy Win

     August 10, 2019


One might question the wisdom of releasing a PG-13 horror movie in the dog days of summer rather than the harvest-moonlit nights of autumn, but CBS Films, eOne, and Lionsgate already have a winner with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It easily won the opening Friday frame over fellow newcomers like Dora and the Lost City of Gold and existing films like Hobbs & Shaw, Disney’s recent re-do of The Lion King, and Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. Things are shaping up well for the family-focused horror film which should bring in $20+ million for the weekend. Hopefully it gets a Halloween-boost later this fall since it fits nicely in the niche between the R-rated IT: Chapter Two and the family-friendly animated The Addams Family.

Elsewhere, Paramount’s Dora the Explorer big-screen adventure is taking its A CinemaScore to a $17+ million tally this weekend. Outside the top five is Fox’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, which came in under $3 million on Friday and will struggle to clear $10 million this weekend despite an A- CinemaScore. Speaking of struggles, The Kitchen, from New Line and Warner Bros., will earn just about $5 million this weekend after a $1.8 million Friday estimate. It currently sits at just 21% on Rotten Tomatoes in a disconnect with audiences who put it somewhere in the C to B- range depending on your metrics. And while we’ll be back with the Top 10 tomorrow, it’s hard to tell if Bleecker Street’s sports drama/biopic Brian Banks can crack it with an expected $2 million in earnings this weekend.

Here’s a look at the Top 5 from Friday’s estimates (courtesy of Box Office Mojo):

Rank Title Friday Total
1 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark $8,760,000 $8.8
2 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $7,090,000 $90.2
3 Dora and the Lost City of Gold $6,500,000 $6.5
4 The Lion King (2019) $5,717,000 $458.8
5 Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood $3,250,000 $92.0


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