CBS Films and eOne’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — adapted from the best-selling children’s horror book series by Alvin Schwartz — terrified the competition on Friday with an opening day haul of $8.8 million at the crowded August box office.
The Guillermo del Toro-produced Scary Stories is one of five new movies opening nationwide, and is the only one overperforming with a projected weekend gross of $20 million to $22 million. André Ovredal directed the tween- and teen-friendly movie, which earned a C CinemaScore, not uncommon for the horror genre.
Scary Stories is no doubt pleased it topped Friday’s chart, but is expecting to lose the full weekend to holdover Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast & Furious spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Hobbs & Shaw grossed $7.9 million on its second
Friday for a projected sophomore outing of $25 million-plus. On Saturday, its ninth day in release, the Universal pic will zoom past the $100 million mark domestically.
Disney holdover The Lion King is tipped to come in No. 3 for the weekend behind Hobbs and Scary Stories, followed by Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold, an adaptation of the beloved books and kids TV series about a fearless young explorer and her anthropomorphic monkey pal, Boots.
Nabbing an A CinemaScore, Dora earned $6.5 million Friday for a projected $17 million opening. The movie is directed by James Bobin and stars Transformer actress Isabela Moner in the titular role, alongside Eugenio Derbez, Michael Pena and Eva Longoria.