While the expected number one was exactly that, the ninth film from Quentin Tarantino managed a bit of a fairy tale at the box office this weekend.
Disney’s The Lion King held on to the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $74 million. That raised the film’s two week total to a fantastic $351 million and clearly finds audiences screaming screw the critics for their lackluster reviews.
Debuting in second place was Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood with $41 million. That’s the biggest opening weekend ever for a Tarantino picture and a great number considering the film’s nearly three-hour run time. It’s exciting to see a non-franchise post such great beginnings, though you could argue that QT is a franchise unto himself.
I had the chance to see Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood Friday night in 70 mm. As I was watching it, I kept thinking to myself just how good the picture is. It certainly helps that its subject matter, music, and setting all hit my sweet spots (much like Under The Silver Lake does), but you’ve also got exceptional performances from everyone involved. Leo and Pitt are a great duo and work beautifully off each other; Margot Robbie is absolutely mesmerizing as Sharon Tate, while Margaret Qualley is a revelation as Pussycat, part of the Manson Family. Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood isn’t the groundbreaker that Pulp Fiction was; that film still screams with the piss and vinegar of a new talent, while this one feels like the work of someone more measured, even more accomplished. It is certainly a movie well worth seeing.
As for the rest of the top five, Spider-Man: Far From Home was in third place with $11.8 million, followed in fourth place by Toy Story 4 with $9.7 million. Crawl closed things out in fifth place with $3.9 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Disney’s The Lion King – $98 million
2) Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood – $38 million
3) Spider-Man: Far From Home – $13.5 million
4) Toy Story 4 – $9 million
5) Yesterday – $4 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) Disney’s The Lion King – $74 million
2) Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood – $41 million
3) Spider-Man: Far From Home – $11.8 million
4) Toy Story 4 – $9.7 million
5) Crawl – $3.9 million
Next weekend sees the release of Hobbs and Shaw. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!