Will Universal’s Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw help drive away the dogs days of August?
According to early tracking, the action pic should earn at least $65 million in its domestic box office debut over the Aug. 2-4 weekend. Some box office analysts believe it could even race past $80 million, considering the popularity of the franchise.
Universal insiders are being more cautious in projecting $55 million to $65 million, noting competition from The Lion King (July 19) and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26).
The first spinoff title in the blockbuster series sees Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as law enforcement diplomatic security agent Luke Hobbs and assassin Deckard Shaw, respectively.
The eight Fast & Furious movies have reaped almost $5 billion in ticket sales at the global box office, making it Universal’s biggest franchise. Furious 7 is the top-grossing title ($1.5 billion), followed by the last film, The Fate of the Furious ($1.2 billion), not adjusted for inflation.
The high-octane series is an especially big draw overseas. Hobbs & Shaw is set to open day-and-date in 64 foreign markets, followed by China on Aug. 23.