Not unexpectedly, “The Fate of the Furious” easily fended off newcomers at the weekend box-office. The action film grossed $38.7 million domestically in its second lap, a not insignificant 61% drop from the previous week. Even so, thanks in part to a huge $318 million grossed in China to date, the movie is now idling on $908 million globally after just ten days.
Following on its heels were “The Boss Baby” in second with another $12.8 million, “Beauty and the Beast” in third with $10 million, and Disneynature doco “Born in China” which grossed an expected $5.1 million for fourth. Both “Gifted” and “The Lost City of Z” expanded their runs earning $4.5 million and $2.1 million in the process – neither exactly soaring.
The rest of the box-office though was a disaster for the newcomers. Trashy thriller “Unforgettable” was a career worst debut for Katherine Heigl with $4.8 million in seventh. The $100 million Armenian genocide film “The Promise” with Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac bombed with $4.1 million. Teen UFO tale “Phoenix Forgotten” opened in eleventh with $2 million, and Ben Wheatley’s well-received “Free Fire” utterly tanked with $1 million (and a $971 per screen average).
Things aren’t expected to change much until Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” arrives on May 5th, officially kicking off the Summer film season.