Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Wins Again, ‘The Circle’ Loses
$CMCSA, $LGF, $IMAX
‘The Circle,’ starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, comes in # 4 with $9.3-M; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ blasts off overseas with $101-M a week ahead of its domestic debut.
In an unexpected upset, How to Be a Latin Lover and Indian film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion both beat Emma Watson’s new high-tech thriller The Circle at the North American box office on the last weekend before the Summer season kicks off.
Overall, Universal’s, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) The Fate of the Furious stayed atop the chart in its 3rd frame with $19.4-M from 4,077 theaters for a domestic take of $192.7-M.
Globally, the 8th outing in the action series sped past the $1-B mark after clearing a massive $867.6-M overseas, including a record-breaking $361-M in China.
The comedy, how to be a Latin Lover followed in the US with $12-M from just 1,000 locations, well ahead of expectations and marking the biggest opening to date for Pantelion Films, a label devoted to movies targeting Hispanic audiences. Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and Televisa own Pantelion.
Baahubali 2 placed # 3 with $10.1-M from only 450 theaters. That’s the top launch ever for an Indian film in the US. A run in 45 IMAX (NYSE:IMAX) venues paid off, generating $1.8-M, an Imax record for a foreign-language film.
No one expected either Baahubali 2 or How to Be a Latin Lover to beat The Circle.
The Circle came in # 4 with $9.3-M from 3,163 theaters after getting hammered by critics and audiences, who gave the film a rare D+ CinemaScore.
Blumhouse’s genre label BH Tilt released Sleight, a thriller helmed that opened to $1.7-M from 500 theaters. The movie, which made its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, revolves around a young street magician who must use his wits and tricks to save his sister from kidnappers.
The big box office take overseas at the weekend was Marvel and Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which grossed $101-M from its 1st 37 markets, 57% head of the 1st film when comparing the same group of territories.
Guardians Vol. 2 opens in the US this Friday and still has lots of other major markets in which to open, including China, South Korea and Russia.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.
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