Weekend Box Office Report: April 14-16, 2017

A Furious opening!

Audiences were interested in spending Easter weekend with family -- specifically Vin Diesel's car-obsessed clan, putting THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS in first place with an estimated opening of $100.1 million!

The eighth entry in the franchise of velocity and ferocity accelerated off the line slower than the $147 million domestic opening of 2015's FURIOUS 7, the farewell to series co-star Paul Walker. But it got the jump on the $97 million start of FAST & FURIOUS 6 in 2013.

And the latest chapter of vehicular mayhem (this time from STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON director F. Gary Gray) raced to a record worldwide opening of $532 million, which was enough to steal the pink slip from the previous champ, the $529 million global opening for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

That also puts THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS already more than a third of the way to the $1.5 billion worldwide finish of FURIOUS 7. And $195 million of its international box office opening came just from China, which also dusted the record that was set by FURIOUS 7's $182 million debut in that country.

The smash-up spectacle of automotive destruction, bald men and beautiful women (including new addition Charlize Theron) cost a reported $250 million. Critics pumped the brakes with 64% on Rotten Tomatoes (you can check out the JoBlo review HERE).

After two weekends on top, animated infant THE BOSS BABY crawled down to second with $15.5 million. The Alec Baldwin-voiced toddler has a domestic total of $116.3 million.

In third place was Disney's live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with $13.6 million as the Emma Watson/hairy Dan Stevens fairy tale has waltzed to more than $1 billion worldwide.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE was in fourth with $6.5 million, a drop of 50% from last week's opening. The little blue creatures have a ten-day domestic total of $24.7 million.

In fifth was the remake of GOING IN STYLE with $6.3 million. The elderly crime-comedy with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin lost 46% of business from its opening last weekend, for a ten-day domestic total of $23.3 million.

Entering the Top 10 was the Chris Evans/Jenny Slate drama GIFTED with $3 million for sixth place. The latest directing effort from Marc Webb (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER) added over 1000 screens after its limited release last week for a $4.3 million domestic total.

Jordan Peele's R-rated horror-thriller GET OUT moved up a slot to seventh with $2.9 million, followed by POWER RANGERS in eighth with $2.8 million. The religious drama THE CASE FOR CHRIST and the gorilla encounter KONG: SKULL ISLAND closed out the list.

Outside the chart, LOGAN finally walked into the sunset and GHOST IN THE SHELL is now an apparition (with $152 million worldwide). The limited release of director James Gray's jungle adventure THE LOST CITY OF Z got a promising start with a $28k per-screen average before it expands next weekend, and the Anne Hathaway monster comedy COLOSSAL added 94 screens for a $462k weekend.

Next weekend offers a few smaller-scale choices like the Oscar Isaac/Christian Bale war drama THE PROMISE, the Rosario Dawson/Katherine Heigl thriller UNFORGETTABLE, the Ridley Scott-produced "found footage" movie PHOENIX FORGOTTEN and director Ben Wheatley's bullet-filled FREE FIRE, plus the expansion of THE LOST CITY OF Z.

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1. The Fate of the Furious $100.1 M
2. The Boss Baby $15.5 M $116.3 M
3. Beauty and the Beast $13.6 M $454.6 M
4. Smurfs: The Lost Village $6.5 M $24.7 M
5. Going in Style $6.3 M $23.3 M
6. Gifted $3 M $4.3 M
7. Get Out $2.9 M $167.5 M
8. Power Rangers $2.8 M $80.5 M
9. The Case for Christ $2.7 M $8.4 M
10. Kong: Skull Island $2.6 M $161.2 M


Source: Box Office Mojo



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