'Fate of the Furious' Stays on Top; 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise' Bomb

The Fate of the Furious laps new films at box office
'Fate of the Furious' Stays on Top; 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise' Bomb
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24 April, 2017

Although the eighth installment in Universal Studio's "Fast and Furious" series - starring megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - shattered records during its opening last weekend with global revenues of more than a half-billion dollars, its North American take so far has come in below that of "Furious 7", which earned $250 million over its first two weekends.

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.

Disney's animal documentary "Born in China" earned 5.1 million USA dollars to open in fourth place. "Beauty and the Beast" is third with an estimated $9.8 million and a cume of $470 million after six weeks in theaters.

And completing the top five list is Going In Style, which continues to perform steadily among its older target audience, remaining in fifth place for the second week in a row as it earns an estimated $5 million in its third week. Combined with the North American gross of 5.147 million, the film has earned 14.6 million USA dollars to date globally.

The tale of rivalry between babies and puppies has earned a four-week total of $137 million. Combined with the $9.4 million it earned in China previous year, the John Krasinski-narrated, China-set nature documentary is set to take in an estimated $14.6 million worldwide.

'Fate of the Furious' Stays on Top; 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise' Bomb
'Fate of the Furious' Stays on Top; 'Unforgettable,' 'The Promise' Bomb

Among the new movies, Warner Bros.' female-centric thriller Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl, is projected to gross roughly $2 million on Friday from 2,417 theaters for a forgettable $5 million-$6 million debut.

But slipping domestic earnings (and lower US 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 worldwide appeal.

As for the week's other major releases, they all performed poorly. After a harsh panning, it opened at number seven with $4 million.

The Armenian genocide drama "The Promise", with Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, took ninth place with $4.1 million.

Its second-weekend success might also have had something to do with the competition.

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