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23 May 2024

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


"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.

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Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

"Yesterday" ($2.4 million)

"The Farewell" ($2.4 million)

"Crawl" ($2.2 million)

"Aladdin" ($2 million)

"Annabelle Comes Home" ($875,000)