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24 April 2017, 05:17 | Nina Hammond
'The Fate Of The Furious' Wins Friday Box Office; Expected To Remain No. 1
Universal's The Fate of the Furious left the competition in the dust at the North American box office, grossing $38.7 million in its second weekend for a 10-day domestic total of $163.6 million and $908.4 million globally. The film, the eighth in the Fast and the Furious franchise is expected to remain in the number one spot in its second weekend.
"Fate of the Furious" now has an estimated ten-day total of $163.6 million, nearly the same amount the film made overseas this weekend.
Similarly, Beauty and the Beast remains a family favorite both domestically and internationally (having recently opened at No. 1 in Japan) with its enduring popularity carrying it well past an estimated $1,100.3 million mark in terms of worldwide earnings.
Two more minor films also opened in theaters this weekend, too: Phoenix Forgotten ($2 million opener from 1,592 theaters), and Free Fire ($1 million from 1,070 theaters).
But slipping domestic earnings (and lower USA grosses than "Furious 7", which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus "Fate's" current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie's global appeal. "The Boss Baby" is in second with an estimated $12.5 million and a domestic cume of $136.8 million.
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Coming in fourth is the highest performing new release of this weekend, Disneynature's "Born in China", which made an estimated $5.1 million from 1,509 screens. "ORCRP0000017183-topic.html" class="local_link" >Warner Bros.' holdover "Going in Style" with $5 million. In China, it took in an impressive $192.1 million alone.
Warner Bros.' female-centric thriller Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl, debuted to a mere $4.8 million from 2,417 locations, marking a career worst for Heigl for a nationwide opening.
As for the week's other major releases, they all performed poorly. While Open Road's "The Promise" did a little better critically with an A- on CinemaScore and a 45 percent RT rating, it only made $4 million from 2,251 screens against a reported $90 million budget.
The same can't be said for Armenian genocide drama The Promise, directed by Terry George and starring Christian Bale alongside Oscar Isaac. And given the film's A- score on CinemaScore, it seems to have succeeded in doing so.
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