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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Not ‘Fast & Furious’ Enough - Weeks 14 & 15

Avengers: Endgame
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Spider-Man: Far From Home
The Lion King
Toy Story 4
The Fast & Furious franchise has been an ATM for Universal for years now. The last four films have made over $200 million in the U.S. and the last two topped a billion internationally. It only made sense for them to try an extend a franchise that, you’d think, can only do so much with Vin Diesel mumbling about familia over BBQs and stolen cars.

The answer was to turn two later bit-players in the series into the stars they normally are in their own movies and put them together. Thus, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Stathom go from The Rock and The Transporter to Hobbs & Shaw, two characters who are pretty much exactly like… The Rock and The Transporter. As such, it played more like a big-budget version of one of those stars regular films than an actual F&F film.

Hobbs & Shaw stayed within the speed limit with a $60 million opening. Nothing to be ashamed about. More than The Meg and more than San Andreas. Still, it’s almost $40 million less than the last Fast & Furious film debuted with. Only once has an F&F film ever topped $350 million, about what you’d need to compete with the Top Five this season in the 2019 Summer Movie Pool, and that film (Furious 7) had a $147.2 million start. This film looks like it’s going to be parked in the garage.

To their credit, the Hobbs & Shaw crew threw everything and the kitchen sink into trying to make this a Top Five film. Celebrity guest cameos, check. Black Superman, check. Inane evil organization that makes less and less sense the more they try to explain it, check. Ridiculous family sub-plot, check. The Rock taking the time to put on a shirt and do a costume change between his traditional Samoan garb and moving into the final chase, check. And finally, basing your final act in Samoa but actually filming it in Hawaii, check (Seriously, sitting through ten minutes of credits to get to the final end-credit scene only to see it was filmed in Hawaii felt like a bigger insult than having to sit through all those credits). In the end, it all just felt like a Dwayne Johnson and Jason Stathom film, which is what it was.

Meanwhile, The Lion King has continued to roar and is now the third film this summer to top $400 million. Sitting pretty with $431 million, it’s now sitting in second place and is perched in a way that no other film looks likely to catch it. Not even the laughing hyenas could find a way to screw this up.

So, as we enter the final month of the pool, it really does look like what we have is what we have. The Top Five looks pretty secure and in place. If you don’t like where a placement is, start buying tickets to make a dent in those million dollar differences. I was reading an article about Endgame fans who were determined to help the film pass Avatar domestically and they talked about having seen the film over 20 times. I’m all for people being passionate for causes and such, but spending 400 bucks to help a film make over $2.9 billion because clearly $2.89 billion isn’t enough, might not be the best place to use the “WhateverItTakes” hashtag.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Endgame - $857.5 million
#2. The Lion King - $431.2 million
#3. Toy Story 4 - $410.2 million
#4. Spider-Man: Far From Home - $360.5 million
#5. Aladdin - $350.5 million

by on 08/09/2019

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Lion King, Toy Story 4
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