'The Fate of the Furious' tops box office with $38.7 million

by Dwayne Torres April 24, 2017, 5:17
'The Fate of the Furious' tops box office with $38.7 million

The eighth installment in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise continues its record-smashing run around the world with an worldwide weekend estimate of 163.4 million US dollars in 65 territories. In 2015, Furious 7 earned $353 million in North America and $1.163 billion internationally, for a worldwide total of $1.516 billion. Combined with the $9.4 million it earned in China previous year, the John Krasinski-narrated, China-set nature documentary is set to take in an estimated $14.6 million worldwide. The R-rated drama, which stars Katherine Heigl as the ex-wife of the man Rosario Dawson's character is engaged to, performed poorly, only earning an estimated $4.8 million following and failing to leave a mark on audiences, who gave it a C on CinemaScore.

Open Road's "The Promise" pulled in $4.1 million, a lousy opening considering its price tag of at least $90 million.

In second place, the DreamWorks animation "The Boss Baby" took in $12.8 million, Exhibitor Relations reported. And given the film's A- score on CinemaScore, it seems to have succeeded in doing so.

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"The film has been an absolute monster internationally where it has truly become a box office phenomenon as it approaches the one billion USA dollars mark worldwide after just two weeks in theaters", comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Xinhua.

Among other specialty fare, Fox Searchlight's Gifted crossed $10 million after earning another $4.5 million from 1,986 theaters.

If having another "Furious" movie top the box office for a weekend feels like déjà vu, don't worry. "Born in China" looks to round out the top five. For "Baywatch", there is the irresistible lure of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, both of whom will be coming off of big roles in sequels for "Fast & Furious" and "Neighbors". After its second weekend at the box office, the film is sure to continue grossing more money globally. If "Wonder Woman" can get better word of mouth and critical reception, it could avoid those problems as it enters its second week against a female-fronted reboot of "The Mummy". "The World" will work his cult movie magic again in a film about a talented young getaway driver forced to work for a crime lord. Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" will try to become a major hit despite being a PG-13 movie about World War II in a release period dominated by escapism.

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