'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office
- Author: Stacy Houston Apr 24, 2017,
Apr 24, 2017, 5:15
The Fate of the Furious wins the Friday box office with $11.2 million. Domestically, the eighth installment added $38.7 million (a drop of 60.8%) to bring its total to $163.6 million, while internationally the film grossed another $163.4 million this weekend for an overseas total of $744.8 million.
The Fate of the Furious has now crossed the $900 million mark worldwide and currently stands at $908.4 million.
Disney's latest animal documentary "Born in China", a co-production between Disneynature and Shanghai Media Group, is making $5.1 million from 1,508 theaters.
Nonetheless, the film, which scored an A on CinemaScore and boasts a diverse and big-name cast, remains an global juggernaut, bringing in an estimated $163.4 million in 65 territories.
A major problem plaguing DC Films a year ago was the severe second weekend drop-off for "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad". The film made nearly $10 million this weekend and has made over $1.1 billion globally to date. The documentary took in $5.1 million over the weekend, meeting analyst projections. It is also the highest-grossing film ever directed by an African-American director, passing Tim Story's 2005 Fantastic Four movie, and the biggest opening for a film directed by an African-American filmmaker, with F. Gary Gray beating his own Straight Outta Compton record. The Zach Braff-directed update of the 1979 heist comedy ends this weekend with an estimated domestic total of $31.8 million. But both are going to have a hard time dealing with the juggernaut that is Marvel, as "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be favored to hold at the No.1 spot for a second week. The domestic thriller follows a vengeful character played by Katherine Heigl plotting against Rosario Dawson's character.
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Holding onto the No. 2 spot for the second week in a row is "The Boss Baby" with an estimated $12.7 million.
Cinelou's "Phoenix Forgotten" opened at 1,592 theaters to an estimated $2 million this weekend.
As for the week's other major releases, they all performed poorly.
At No. 9 is Open Road Films' The Promise, a period drama set during the events of the Armenian genocide, starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, and Charlotte Le Bon.
Audience members who saw the film did give it an A-minus CinemaScore but the Rotten Tomatoes rating rests at 46% positive.