Hobbs & Shaw’ is No. 1 but trails ‘Fast & Furious’ pace

The first spinoff of the 18-year-old “Fast & Furious” franchise, “Hobbs and Shaw,” has pocketed $60.8 million in its North American debut and another $120 million internationally.

That’s the smallest domestic opening for a “Fast & Furious” film since 2006’s “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” But the $200 million Universal Pictures release is aiming to do its largest damage abroad. It opens in China, where “Fast & Furious” films have excelled, on August 23.

“The Lion King” slid to second in its third weekend with $38.2 million. The Disney remake earlier this week crossed $1 billion worldwide.

In third is Quentin Tarantino’s 1969 fable “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” which held strong with $20 million in its second weekend.

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