Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Wins a Turbulent Weekend
In a week devoid of any major releases, we still saw some major changes at the box office, with familiar faces like Kong: Skull Island, Power Rangers, and Get Out (RIP) all falling from the Top 10 in favor of new releases or aggressively expanding art films. Of course, not everything was different; if you read these box office reports every weekend, I’ll bet you can name the top three movies (in order) with minimal effort. Here’s the weekend box office projections as of Sunday afternoon:
|1||The Fate of the Furious||$38,682,095 (-60.8%)||$8,936||$163,578,315|
|2||The Boss Baby||$12,750,000 (-20.4%)||$3,449||$136,991,870|
|3||Beauty and the Beast||$9,973,000 (-27.2%)||$3,008||$471,097,384|
|4||Born in China||$5,147,000||$3,413||$5,147,000|
|5||Going in Style||$5,005,000 (-20.4%)||$1,647||$31,765,843|
|6||Smurfs: The Lost Village||$4,850,000 (-27.8%)||$1,772||$33,387,985|
|10||The Lost City of Z||$2,147,379 (+1,849%)||$3,497||$2,296,792|
Let’s start with the top slot. While some might be surprised to see The Fate of the Furious tumble down to $38.6 million in its second weekend — after all, “conventional wisdom” suggests that anything above 50% is bad news for a major Hollywood franchise — the truth is that the Fast and the Furious films have always seen above-average drops. Furious 7 (minus-59.5%), Fast & Furious 6 (minus-63.9%), and Fast Five (minus-62.4%) were all marked by large declines in their second weekends, but given that The Fate of the Furious has also just cracked $900 million worldwide, it’s probably safe to say that Universal isn’t overly worried about these numbers. For all their charms, it would seem that American audiences just don’t see the Fast and the Furious movies twice.
In second and third place for the second straight week — and finishing in sequential places for the fourth straight week overall — are The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast, which grossed $12.7 million and $9.9 million, respectively. The Boss Baby continues to show surprisingly long legs — its box office decline percentage dropped by nearly 20 points between between weeks three and four — giving it some juice as it tries to climb the all-time DreamWorks Animation charts. Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast slipped past Avengers: Age of Ultron this past week to lay claim to the five spot on the list of highest-grossing Disney movies. Only $15 million behind Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast may have one more spot in it before all is said and done.
Our first new release can be found in fourth place, where Born in China debuted with $5 million. Disney’s nature documentaries are usually good for anywhere between $15 million and $30 million; previous titles like Oceans, Bears, and Monkey Kingdom each opened in the $5–6 million range and did well for themselves at the box office. It’s not a coincidence that each of these films have been released on Earth Day weekend, either; with releases in 2011, 2014, 2015, and now 2017, this seems to be an annual events for Disney’s studio.
The next spots on the list are occupied by the stealthier successes of 2017, including Going in Style with $5 million in fifth place and Smurfs: The Lost Village with $4.8 million in sixth. Zach Braff’s film about a group of retired bank robbers has now done enough business at the global box office to double its budget, with Smurfs able to claim the same; as we’ve discussed before, the international box office has been particularly kind to the latter, with the Smurfs cracking $130 million worldwide. If Smurfs had made $100 million at home and $30 million abroad, it might be getting a bit more publicity than it has.
Unforgettable, the second of the weekend’s ranking new releases, finished in seventh place with $4.8 million. While the film hasn’t done especially well with audiences or critics — it currently sits at 25% on RottenTomatoes — it may benefit in upcoming weeks by being the only conventional thriller at multiplexes. Unforgettable only cost about $12 million to make, so the breakeven point on this one is lower than most.
Despite a mediocre second weekend, Fox Searchlight continued to expand Gifted, with the film hitting $4.5 million in eighth place in its third week. The same could be said with the final film on this list, The Lost City of Z, which shot up more than 600 theaters in its second week to end at $2.1 million. That may not seem too impressive on its own, but at only 614 theaters currently, The Lost City of Z’s $3,497 per-theater gross would actually place it second on the Top 10 list. Finally, The Promise was perhaps overcome by its ongoing crisis, grossing only $4 million in ninth place against a $90 million budget. Those are shocking numbers for a movie of its pedigree, but perhaps two sweeping historical dramas in the same weekend were too many for audiences.
And although it didn’t crack this weekend’s Top 10 list, let’s pour one out for Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, which barely managed to crack $1 million in 17th place despite opening in over 1,000 theaters. With a list of stars that includes Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, this was supposed to be the movie that broke Wheatley out; instead, A24 is left licking their wounds and wondering what happened.