BOX OFFICE REPORT
April 14-16, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Fate of the Furious||$100.1 million|
|The Boss Baby||$15.5 million|
|Beauty and the Beast||$13.6 million|
|Smurfs: The Lost Village||$6.5 million|
|Going in Style||$6.3 million|
The Fate of the Furious had absolutely no competition this weekend, so it left all the older movies in the dust, opening with an estimated $100.1 million. Obviously, that's the second-biggest opening of the year behind Beauty and the Beast, and a pretty monster debut on its own. But compared to 2015's Furious 7, that's way off. That film had a perfect storm of hype, including fans curious to see how the film would honor the memory of star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash before the movie was finished. That entry opened with about $47 million more than this one, proving bigger doesn't always mean better.
But there's no reason anyone involved should be disappointed, though. The film just had the biggest worldwide opening weekend of all time. Yes, even bigger than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Even though that's surprising, there's a lot of reasons this happened. For starters, this is by far the most diverse blockbuster franchise. Even the biggest comic book movies or YA adaptation have mostly white casts, but just about every nationality is represented in these movies. Plus, you don't need to speak English, Arabic, Spanish or even Mandarin to understand how awesome it looks to have cars outrunning missiles and submarines.
Meanwhile, The Boss Baby officially passed Fifty Shades Darker on the yearly haul, and will probably finish just under $150 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style both fell an average amount in their second weekends, and are likely to recoup their costs on home video and streaming more than in theaters.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Lost City of Z, James Gray's epic adventure story based on the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett. The Amazon-financed film about the Amazon averaged a strong $28,158 on four screens.
- Gifted played to its strengths. The heartfelt drama about a child prodigy and a trial for her custody went wide, earning $3 million, good for a 572 percent increase.
- Ghost in the Shell continued its free-fall, slipping outside the top 10 with only $37 million in the bank.
Next week: Nothing that will keep The Fate of the Furious from repeating at the top with at least $45 million. Its biggest competition is the laughable erotic thriller Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl as a jealous ex-wife trying to kill stepmom Rosario Dawson. But if I had my way, Free Fire would be the No. 1 movie next week, a wild comedy starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer about an arms deal gone wrong.