Disney endured another box-office flop from Fox with ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’

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  • Disney had another Fox flop on its hands over the weekend with “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” which earned $US8 million domestically.
  • Disney said during its earnings call last week week that Fox’s film business suffered a $US170 million quarterly operating loss, thanks largely to the box-office failure of “Dark Phoenix.”
  • “Hobbs and Shaw” is repeated at the top of the domestic box office in its second weekend in theatres.
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Some cracks are starting to appear in the Disney-Fox merger.

Fox’s film business suffered a $US170 million quarterly operating loss, thanks largely to the box-office failure of “Dark Phoenix,”Disney said during its third quarter earnings call on Tuesday. Disney’s Fox box-office woes continued over the weekend with “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” a new dog movie starring “This Is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia and Kevin Costner as the voice of his loveable canine.

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The Fox flick has a 46% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and made just $US8 million in US theatres over the weekend.

The Wrap called it a “sentimental slog,” and The AV Club said that it “lacks a purpose or any sense of artistry.”

Disney is still dominating the box office this year, though, with four releases in the top five at the domestic and worldwide box offices. Four of the company’s movies this year – “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Aladdin” – have grossed over $US1 billion so far.

And Disney has plenty more Fox releases coming up in the future that could be success stories, notably four “Avatar” sequels.

“Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw,” meanwhile, repeated at the top of the domestic box office in its second weekend with $US25 million. The franchise spin-off starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham had a low opening last weekend by “Fast and Furious” standards, but is performing well internationally and could have legs throughout the rest of the slow summer movie season.

It was produced for $US200 million and has earned $US332 million worldwide so far. It has yet to open in China, where Johnson and the “Fast and Furious” franchise are box-office hits. The last two movies, “Furious 7” and “The Fate of the Furious,” both grossed nearly $US400 million in China.