Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the first spin-off in the long-running action franchise, made $60.8 million domestically this weekend and $120 million abroad. Those numbers were more than enough to unseat The Lion King, Disney’s latest live-action remake, which brought in just over $38 million in the U.S. and $72 million in foreign ticket sales, from the top spot.
Depending on how you look at it, the film’s performance is either solid or a bit discouraging.
On the one hand, Hobbs & Shaw had the worst opening weekend numbers for a film in the franchise in a decade (since 2009’s Fast & Furious). And compared to the Fate of the Furious‘s $98 million domestic opening weekend haul in 2017, Hobbs & Shaw‘s initial box office performance doesn’t look superb.
On the other, even though Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba have plenty of action star power between them, it may not be fair to compare a spin-off to one of the films in the series with the original cast.
It’s also the last real blockbuster of the summer, so it won’t face a ton of competition from similar films through the rest of its run. So no matter how strong its debut was, its numbers look primed to grow as its theatrical run continues.