THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS repeated over the weekend, bringing in an additional $38.7 million. This represents a drop of over 60%, continuing the film’s somewhat disappointing domestic showing. However, it hardly matters as in the space of just over a week, it has already reached $900 million worldwide, an astonishing figure. The film still has Japan (opening April 28th) to go. THE BOSS BABY and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST also repeated in second and third positions from the previous frame.
Several much smaller movies debuted over the weekend to considerably smaller box office. The Walt Disney documentary BORN IN CHINA did the best with $5.1 million. Warner Brothers’ counter-programming booking of the female revenge thriller UNFORGETTABLE fizzled with $4.8 million. THE PROMISE showed little promise with $4 million, PHOENIX FORGOTTEN landed outside the Top 10 with $2 million, and the gangster actioner FREE FIRE was an out and out disaster with a 17th place showing and only $1 million.
Things will remain relatively quiet for new titles next weekend with only STX Entertainment’s THE CIRCLE, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, likely to generate much heat.
The May schedule is shaping up strongly and should generate healthy returns both domestically and overseas. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Vol. 2 (opening May 5th) will be the one to beat and it has already generated a strong critical response, based on 36 reviews on the aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. More of a question mark is the period epic KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (May 12), starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law. Director Guy Ritchie’s last effort, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., was a major flame out and another flop of that size will due his career no favors. The Amy Schumer comedy SNATCHED (also May 12) seems likely to win a good sized audience share, and ALIEN: COVENANT (May 19) hopes to show that there is still life in the almost 40-year old franchise. See you at the movies!
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.