2019 Aug 12, 12:17pm
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Paramount — like other major Hollywood studios — is battling to compete with behemoth Disney, and hoped to launch a new franchise with Dora in an era where branded IP reigns supreme. Whether that can happen now is unclear.And August is turning out to be brutal for Warner Bros., which is still adjusting to its new owner, AT&T. The Kitchen went up in flames in its debut opposite Scary Stories and Dora, grossing $5.5 million to come in at No. 7. In previous years, Warners ignited the August box office, including with Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg in 2018 and Suicide Squad in 2016.What a difference a year can make: The Kitchen marked one of the studio's lowest openings in recent times and a career-worst start for Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish, who star alongside Elisabeth Moss in the female-fronted period mob pic.