Box Office: “Hobbs” adds $25, “Scary Stories” just under $21, “Dora” $17

I dare say Paramount is taking this $17 million opening weekend for “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” as, if not a win, at least a minimized loss. They were late realizing this tween adventure had no natural audience and were scared to death of reviews.

CBS Films has never had as big a hit as “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” — $20.8 million. CBS Films will be no more as of the end of the year. Mystified as to the watered down Rotten Tomato reviews for this dull fright fest with training wheels on. They added 200 younger, greener critics, and voila — 80% positive for anything empowered and Del Toro’d.

“The Kitchen” bombed, a genre picture which had a lot going for it in terms of cast and screenwrirer bonafides. Andrea Berloff got a shot at directing her own script and blew it. Maybe a little TV directing seasoning would help. She deserves another shot. $5.3 million for that one.

That’s almost $3 million below Fox”s “Art of Racing in the Rain.” $8.1 million for that dog dies at the end drama.

“Brian Banks” bombed. Could not crack the top ten. “The Farewell” is dating, adding hundreds of screens and falling out of the top ten.

A K Pop doc, “Bring the Soul,” cracked the top ten.

“Peanut Butter Falcon” win the per screen average race, over $12k. Maybe Roadside Attractions will give it wider release.

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