In the number two slot, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark scared up a $20.8 million debut. This is a solid opening for the horror film, which boasts good reviews and Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro producing. However, the film earned a C CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which may not bode well for word of mouth in the weeks to come. Scary Stories, based on the popular series of short story collections, follows a group of high schoolers in 1968 as they inadvertently set off a series of grotesque happenings.
More family-friendly entertainment took the next two slots: Disney’s The Lion King remake earned the bronze, adding another $20 million in its fourth weekend, while another new release, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, took fourth place with a $17 million haul. The live-action spin on Nickelodeon’s long-running Dora the Explorer follows a teenaged version of the title character (Isabela Moner) as she ventures into the jungle that is high school, before embarking on a quest with several of her classmates in tow.
Rounding out the top five, Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood took in another $11.6 million, carrying it past the $100 million mark in its third weekend. The R-rated original film, which cost about $90 million to produce, has proven itself a steady strong earner in a summer packed with franchise titles.
Down the chart, the weekend’s other major releases, The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Kitchen, came in sixth and seventh, respectively, while the BTS documentary Bring The Soul: The Movie landed inside the top 10, a testament to the K-pop boy band’s continuing explosion.
2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — $20.8 million
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — $11.6 million
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain — $8.1 million
7. The Kitchen — $5.5 million
8. Spider-Man: Far From Home — $5.3 million
9. Toy Story 4 — $4.4 million
10. Bring The Soul: The Movie — $2.3 million