'The Fate Of The Furious' Finishes First Again

Posted April 24, 2017

Following its record-breaking debut last week, the adrenaline-fueled vehicle flick (and the eighth installment in the popular Universal action series) pulled in an estimated $38.7 million at the domestic box office, still managing to secure a first place finish despite the (expected) 61 percent drop in earnings - and marking yet another significant decrease in the franchise: Furious 7 earned $73 million in its second week alone. A bankable, diverse cast including Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron is leading the film, directed by F. Gary Gray, to a two-frame global total of $744.8 million and worldwide sum of $908.4 million. That and its projected foreign overall total will mean The Fate of the Furious will finish around $1.1-1.2 billion globally.

Disney's animal documentary Born In China earned $5.1 million (£3.9 million) to open in fourth place, behind The Boss Baby with $12.8 million (£9.9 million), and Beauty And The Beast with $10 million (£7.8 million). The Zach Braff-directed update of the 1979 heist comedy ends this weekend with an estimated domestic total of $31.8 million.

James Grey's The Lost City of Z expanded into a total of 614 theaters in its second weekend, earning $2.1 million to place No. 10. The $100 million movie is projected to earn $1.5 million-$2 million Friday from 2,251 theaters for a $4 million-$5 million launch.

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And if "Beauty" can stay in the top three one more week, Emma Watson may have two films to brag about. 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.

As for the week's other major releases, they all performed poorly.

Warner Bros.' female-centric thriller Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl, debuted to a mere $4.8 million from 2,417 locations, marking a career worst for Heigl for a nationwide opening.

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While Unforgettable's financial exposure is limited, the same can't be said for director Terry George's Armenian genocide drama The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac.

Cinelou's "Phoenix Forgotten" opened at 1,592 theaters to an estimated $2 million this weekend.

Audience members who saw the film did give it an A-minus CinemaScore but the Rotten Tomatoes rating rests at 46% positive.

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