Box Office: Fast & Furious doesn’t run on Diesel as spin-off pulls away

• This time Vin Diesel tags out as the lead

The Fast and the Furious franchise has continued its history of grabbing pole position as Australian audiences have raced into theatres for another high octane installment with Fast & Furious Shaw and Hobbs.

This time Vin Diesel tags out as the lead and is instead replaced by Fast and the Furious regulars Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham as they expand the franchises universe and introduce Idris Elba as a new villain.

Besides Shaw and Hobbs racing to the top of the Australian box office, other releases stayed fairly settled as they have for the last few weeks with mainstays Spider-Man: Far From Home (five weeks), Toy Story 4 ( seven weeks), and Yesterday (six weeks) all keeping their spots in the top five.

The only film to drop out of the top five this week was Andre Rieu’s 2019 Maastricht Concert – Shall We Dance? which took $1.23m in a special release last weekend.

Overall the Australian box office had a slight dip of 4% on last weekends total making $16.75m.

#1 Fast & Furious Shaw and Hobbs $7.23m

The ninth instalment in the Fast & The Furious franchise has continued to deliver in Australian theatres opening at number one this weekend. The film was only the third most screened film this weekend (296 screens) and still had a massive screen average of $24,457.

#2 The Lion King $6.32m

After having the fifth-best opening week and weekend in Australian box office history, the film is now tantalisingly close to being top 10 all-time with its total of $49.73m getting close to the $52.61m needed to knock off Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows: Part 2. Despite being the most shown movie in the country on 602 screens it still managed a massive average of $10,477 in its third week in theatres.

#3 Spider-Man: Far From Home $667,486

After five weeks the latest film from Disney’s MCU  has now got its total gross to $36.20m, after making an average this weekend of $1,969 on 339 screens.

#4 Toy Story 4 $510,083

The latest entry in the famed Pixar franchise is the fourth film to break the $40m barrier in 2019, after making an average this weekend of $2,180 on 234 screens.

#5 Yesterday $431,034

The rom-com inspired by the music of The Beatles has rounded out the top five for another week after making an average of $1,774 on 243 screens.

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