‘Fate of the Furious’ Races to the Top of the Box Office


Fate of the Furious,” the eighth movie in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, opened at No. 1 this weekend at the box office. With more than $100 million in the US, and foreign box office receipts totaling some $450 million, “Fate” passed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to reach the all-time highest grossing opening weekend worldwide. It is in third place for domestic opening weekends, falling nearly $50 million short of its predecessor, “Furious 7.”

But “Fate’s” debut is welcome news for Universal Pictures. Despite distributing the unexpected hits “Get Out” and “Split,” it’s been a slow start to the year. Those two films combined did not earn what the zombie-car film did in its first weekend.

The Boss Baby” drops into second place this week, adding approximately $15 million to its three-week total. Worldwide, the animated movie has reached almost $240 million.

Disney was excited this week to announce that its live-action “Beauty and the Beast” passed $1 billion worldwide. It slipped to No. 3, falling, once again, just behind “The Boss Baby.”

After a lackluster first week, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” slipped to fourth place with about a 50 percent drop in ticket sales.

And rounding out the Top 5 is “Going in Style.” It earned twice as much as “Gifted,” although it also played in twice as many theaters.

The rest of the Top 10 has been around for awhile. There were no other opening films to speak of. Although it is noteworthy that “Get Out” is still holding on to seventh place, and “Kong: Skull Island” just manages to cling to the 10th spot. As summer blockbuster season is almost here, there will likely be some big changes to the top 10 next week. And once May arrives, the landscape will be completely changed.

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