Box office records fell this Easter weekend thanks to the latest adventure featuring everyone’s fast and furious family.
Easily clinching the top spot is The Fate of the Furious (read our review), which grossed $100.1 million domestically in its first three days. That is the second-highest opening weekend in the franchise’s history, trailing only the $147.1 million posted by Furious 7 in 2015. Despite a more middling reception compared to some of the more recent installments, the new direction of the story (position Vin Diesel as a villain of sorts) combined with a lack of competition gave the eighth movie in the series a clear path to the #1 position, indicating that the fan base isn’t tired of the outrageous stunts just yet.
The bigger development is that in a surprising turn of events, Fate of the Furious actually surpassed the global opening box office record posted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago. The film brought in a whopping $532.4 million worldwide, well beyond the estimates of roughly $400 million that came out earlier in the week. It has already sped past its break even point and is well on its way to turning a hefty profit for Universal. Fate of the Furious should be able to maintain strong legs for the remainder of the month and be the film of choice for many until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in May.
Coming in a very distant second is The Boss Baby, which made $15.5 million in its third weekend. The family hit from DreamWorks Animation is now up to $116.3 million Stateside.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the #3 film. Earning $13.6 million, the live-action remake increased its domestic total to $454.6 million and is now 12th on the all-time charts.
In fourth is Smurfs: The Lost Village, which grossed $6.5 million in its second weekend, falling 50.8 percent from its debut. The animated movie is now at just $24.7 million in the U.S.
Rounding out the top five is Going in Style with $6.3 million. The comedy raised its domestic total to $23.3 million.
Expanding to 1,146 theaters, Gifted broke into the sixth spot this weekend, earning $3 million. That’s an impressive haul for a film that flew in under the radar and probably had limited awareness going into the weekend. Its Stateside total is now $4.3 million.
In seventh is Get Out. During its eighth weekend, the breakout horror hit grossed $2.9 million to raise its U.S. total to $167.5 million.
Power Rangers comes in eighth with $2.8 million. The box office disappointment has now made just $80.5 million throughout its domestic run. It hasn’t received much help from the international markets either, with a worldwide total of a measly $128.2 million.
The #9 movie is The Case for Christ, which brought in $2.7 million in its second weekend. The religious drama is now at $8.4 million.
Capping off the top 10 is Kong: Skull Island with $2.6 million. WB’s MonsterVerse installment has now made $161.2 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 17 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo