BOX OFFICE REPORT
April 28-30, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Fate of the Furious||$19.3 million|
|How to Be a Latin Lover||$12.0 million|
|Baahubali 2: The Conclusion||$10.1 million|
|The Circle||$9.3 million|
|The Boss Baby||$9.2 million|
For the third straight weekend, the latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise repeated in the top spot. But it was the new challengers that impressed the most. The Fate of the Furious brought in another $19.3 million, but it still has yet to cross the $200 million mark. With the summer movie season officially kicking off next weekend, it's unlikely to top the series' sixth entry, meaning it will finish in third place among the Fast flicks. Still, it's already passed more than $1 billion worldwide.
But in a grande debut in second place, Eugenio Derbez continues to prove to be a major draw to audiences regardless of what language they speak. The Mexican comic who broke records with his 2013 comedy Instructions Not Included, crossed over with his bilingual romantic comedy How to Be a Latin Lover, taking in more than $12 million. This also marked the film directing debut of improv comic Ken Marino, best known for his scene-stealing roles in Role Models and Wet Hot American Summer.
And even more impressively, the Indian epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion took in more than $10 million on only 425 screens. That made for a whopping $23,855 average, and the best debut for an Indian film in the U.S. The biggest films from the country of more than a billion people regularly open in the $2-3 million range, but this surpassed them all. That was more than The Circle, which featured bonafide movie stars Emma Watson, John Boyega and Tom Hanks. Still, that's about as much as all director James Ponsoldt's previous movies combined.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Of the truly limited releases, Buster's Mal Heart did the best. The existential thriller starring Mr. Robot's Rami Malek earned $7,800 on its lone screen.
- Sleight sadly did not follow in the successful footsteps of other Blumhouse productions like Split and Get Out. The low-budget thriller about a teenager with supernatural powers only made $1.6 million. It's still a winner because the film only cost about $250,000 to make.
- Speaking of Get Out, it added back some more theaters this weekend (since there wasn't much in the way of competition) and saw a slight bump. It's almost to $175 million, which is just astonishing.
The summer movie season officially begins with what else? A Marvel property. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is definitely going to be No. 1 and definitely make more than the first entry. But how high will it go? Given that the ragtag team of galactic saviors is not quite as popular as Captain America or the Avengers, I don't think $175 million is in range, so let's just be conservative and say $150 million.