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'Hobbs & Shaw' dethrones 'The Lion King' to top North America box office

Poster of 'Hobbs And Shaw'. Photograph:( Instagram )

AFP Los Angeles Aug 05, 2019, 07.29 AM (IST)

'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. Read the film's review here. 

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 In Hollywoood' -- 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.

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)

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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.