To the surprise of no one, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS topped both the domestic and international box office, bringing in an astonishing $532.5 million worldwide, a new record. That total surpasses previous record holder STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS by $3 million.
The only sour note came from the domestic total of $100.2 million, which is off almost 50% from the previous entry. That would normally signal franchise fatigue, but the overseas numbers (including $190 million from China) indicate otherwise. This just provides further proof that for these gigantic franchise pictures, North America is increasingly proving to be less of a factor.
You wouldn’t know it from the media or THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS’ 4300 screen count, but there are still other alternatives out there. THE BOSS BABY continued to hold well, coming in second with $15.5 million and $116 million domestic to date. The picture’s success proves once again that poor critical response has little or no effect on animated family features.
The spring’s other powerhouse, Walt Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, finished third with $13.6 million and $455 million to date. Worldwide, the picture is now past the $1 billion mark after just four weeks of release.
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE and GOING IN STYLE are fading and will likely perform better in ancillary markets. The Chris Evans/Octavia Spencer drama GIFTED expanded from limited release with a so-so $3 million on 1100 screens. The film might have some traction as counter programming as there are almost no more wide releases scheduled for the remainder of April. The offbeat monster/comedy/drama COLOSSAL performed better, grossing $463,000 on 98 screens. Good reviews and positive word of mouth should help the quirky Anne Hathaway vehicle have a good stay in theatres before a profitable run on VOD and disc. The numbers represent a win for Neon, the picture’s distributor, which chose COLOSSAL to serve as their debut release.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.