BOX OFFICE REPORT
May 5-7, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||$145.0 million|
|The Fate of the Furious||$8.5 million|
|The Boss Baby||$6.1 million|
|How to Be a Latin Lover||$5.2 million|
|Beauty and the Beast||$4.9 million|
With the summer movie season officially underway, we begin as always with a Marvel movie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the sequel to the second-biggest movie of 2014, debuted far and away in first place with an estimated $145 million. That's the second-biggest opening of the year, behind Beauty and the Beast. It's also about $50 million higher than the original film opened with three years ago. That's obviously a strong opening, and it's likely to stick for the whole summer, barring some major surprises. With not much in the way of competition for the rest of the month, it should outgross the original by Memorial Day.
No other wide releases dared challenge Peter Quill and his band of interstellar misfits. The Fate of the Furious fell again, earning only $8.5 million, but sending the eighth installment past the $200 million mark. The Boss Baby also took a smaller hit, as it passed $150 million.
How to Be a Latin Lover still courted both English- and Spanish-speaking audiences, adding a few more screens and taking in around $20 million. That means it's going to flame out quicker than his 2013 phenomenon Instructions Not Included. Still, he's well on his way to being an international comedy star. Finally, Beauty and the Beast added nearly $5 million more to top last year's biggest second-biggest movie Finding Dory. Given how many theaters it's playing in, it's likely to stay until the end of the month, which will almost certainly mean it will become the eighth movie to gross half a billion dollars domestically.
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Lovers, the dark romantic comedy starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts. The film averaged $17,603 on four screens.
- Once again, audiences weren't interested in a movie on controversial figure Julian Assange. Risk, directed by Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras, only averaged $2,211, despite showing on 32 screens.
- The restoration of Stalker played on only one screen, but it took in $19,785 all on its own.
Guy Ritchie's King Arthur reboot takes on Snatched, the Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn action comedy. Neither one will cut into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's reign. That sequel will stay No. 1 with about $75 million.