'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood' strong as 'Lion King' dominates

LOS ANGELES, Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times (tca/dpa)- Though it couldn't topple "Lion King" to achieve box office domination, Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" gave the director the best opening weekend of his career, earning 40.4 million dollars, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.
Distributed by Sony, the film marks the director's biggest opening weekend of any of his nine films, besting 2009's "Inglourious Basterds," which debuted to 38 million dollars on its way to 321.5 million dollars in global receipts.

"The success of 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood' proves that in the right hands, both creatively and in terms of the distribution and marketing strategy, an R-rated, almost three-hour-long period drama can have mass appeal and yet maintain its credibility as a true piece of auteur-driven cinema," said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore.
"Tarantino created a knockout of a movie that is at once edgy and accessible, violent and funny and at its core is a buddy movie that audiences clearly found irresistible," he added.
The 90-million-dollar film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a TV star on the decline and Brad Pitt as his longtime, long-suffering stunt double. It was well-received with a B CinemaScore and an 85 per cent "fresh" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. The film is the first Tarantino movie not released by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein after his studio's declaration of bankruptcy last year.
Tarantino's 2012 hit "Django Unchained" opened with 30 million dollars on its way to 425 million dollars globally. Most recently, the director's 2015 Western "The Hateful Eight" earned a relatively modest 155.8 million dollars worldwide with 54 million dollars in North American receipts.
Disney's live-action "Lion King" adaptation continued its box office reign for a second consecutive weekend, adding 75.5 million dollars (a 61 per cent drop) for a cumulative 350.8 million dollars. The film, which opened with a stellar 191.8 million dollars in North America last weekend, stands at 962.7 million dollars in worldwide receipts.
At No. 3, Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" added 12.2 million dollars in its fourth weekend for a cumulative 344.5 million dollars. The film surpassed 1 billion dollars in worldwide receipts last week and stands at 1.03 billion dollars.
In fourth place, Disney's "Toy Story 4" added 9.9 million dollars in its sixth weekend for a cumulative 395.6 million dollars.
Rounding out the top five, Paramount's "Crawl" added 4 million dollars in its third weekend for a cumulative 31.5 million dollars.
At No. 6, Universal's "Yesterday" added 3 million dollars in its fifth weekend for a cumulative 63.3 million dollars.
In seventh place, Disney's "Aladdin," another live-action remake of an animated 1990s hit, added 2.8 million dollars in its 10th weekend for a cumulative 346 million dollars. It joined "Spider-Man" in crossing the billion-dollar plateau globally this week.
At No. 8, Fox's "Stuber" added 1.7 million dollars in its third weekend for a cumulative 20.1 million dollars.
In ninth place, Warner Bros.' "Annabelle Comes Home" added 1.6 million dollars in its third weekend for a cumulative 69.7 million dollars.
Rounding out the top 10, A24's "The Farewell" added 1.5 million dollars in its fifth weekend for a cumulative 3.7 million dollars. The film expanded into 135 locations from 35 for a strong per-screen average of 11,510 dollars.
In limited release, Neon opened "Honeyland" in two locations to 30,000 dollars for a per-screen average of 15,000 dollars.
Kino Lorber opened "The Mountain" on two screens to 16,013 dollars for a per-screen average of 8,007 dollars.
Sony Pictures Classics expanded "David Crosby: Remember My Name" into 11 locations in its second weekend (up from four last week) to 29,396 dollars for a per-screen average of 2,672 dollars and a cumulative 86,247 dollars.
This week, Universal releases "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and 1091 opens the thriller "Them That Follow" with Oscar winner Olivia Colman in limited release.

Monday, July 29th 2019
Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times (tca/dpa)

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