As a spin-off, Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was never destined to roar out of the starting blocks with the same velocity as the previous editions of the franchise.
But the opening weekend for the action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Australia over-indexed the Us bow and the worldwide tally was a none-too-shabby $179 million.
The top 20 titles generated $17.4 million, a slight 7 per cent dip on the previous weekend, according to Numero. Palace’s French psychological drama/thriller Who You Think I Am proved to be effective counter-programming for non-rev-heads, while Sony’s Chinese firefighting movie The Bravest fared Ok on limited screens.
Rialto’s indie Us drama The Public and Madman Entertainment’s romantic drama Ophelia directed by Aussie Claire McCarthy struggled in line with their Us results.
Directed by David Leitch, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw clocked up $7.2 million,