BOX OFFICE: Can “Dora” beat “Lion King,” if only for a week?

Ask anybody who tracks interest in movies via their own reviews, web traffic for a film’s trailer, etc. They’ll tell you there is zero interest in most anything opening between now and “Ad Astra” in Sept.

Paramount seemed scared of how their “Dora the Explorer” film might land at the late summer box office, suppressing reviews etc.

It’s not bad, very small kid friendly.

But will it clear $20 million? Box Office Mojo has tracking sources that say this.

With “Lion King” and a likely to fall WAY off “Hobbs & Shaw” both headed to $20-22 million weekends, that puts “Dora” in the game.

I don’t see that happening. Under $20. It has no natural audience.

I caught the lame and slow “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” Thursday night with a theater about 1/4 full.

Will it manage $16? Based on the kiddie horror book and Guillermo del Toro’s name on the script and producer credits?

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” was never going to clear $10 million. Soft, squishy picture, weak leads.

Nor was “The Kitchen,” empowered lady mobsters, botched script, direction and flat performances.

Both of those will do $8 million or so and have to happy with that.

“Brian Banks” is not expected to crack the top ten.

I wonder if adding theaters with “The Farewell” is going to boost this sleeper hit’s take to $3 million.

And figure “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” to drop to $10 or lower. Mojo has it holding much better than it did its second weekend, over $11. Maybe, with “Hobbs” fading.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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