With a slew of low-profile newcomers opening this weekend, remaining holdovers were able to reign supreme at the box office again.
Coming in first is The Fate of the Furious, which brought in $38.6 million in its second weekend. As reported earlier, that's a 60.8 percent drop from its debut, a sizable decrease considering the relative lack of competition it was facing. By many accounts, Fate was the biggest blockbuster in town, but it didn't have the strongest legs following its opening. Still, the movie has been quite successful. Its $163.5 million domestic total is good enough to make it the fourth-largest installment in the franchise, and it's been a huge moneymaker overseas. The international haul is already at $908.3 million, meaning the $1 billion club is about to get a new member.
In second once more is The Boss Baby with $12.7 million. The latest from DreamWorks Animation has grossed $136.9 million in the States so far.
Just like last week, Beauty and the Beast is the #3 film. Disney's live-action remake made $9.9 million in its sixth weekend, raising its U.S. total to a whopping $471 million. It's now in the top 10 on the all-time domestic charts and should at least pass The Phantom Menace easily for ninth before its run is over.
In fourth is Disney's new nature documentary Born in China, which made $5.1 million in its first three days. That's in line with how previous installments in this series have performed commercially, meaning China is off to a nice start. It's obviously a niche production that doesn't have much crossover appeal, but nobody expected this particular release to be a massive smash for the Mouse House.
Rounding out the top five is Going in Style. The comedy made $5 million in its third weekend, increasing its domestic total to $31.7 million.
Coming in sixth is Smurfs: The Lost Village with $4.8 million. The family film, which never managed to escape the shadow of Boss Baby, has only grossed $33.3 million in three weeks.
Thriller Unforgettable debuts in seventh with $4.8 million. It was critically panned, but the star power of Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson gave it a boost in awareness for its target audience. The production budget was only $12 million, so it might be able to make its money back. That said, interest is relatively low and is unlikely to increase with the summer movie season right around the corner.
Gifted comes in eighth place with $4.5 million. The film is now up to $10.7 million domestically.
Drama The Promise could only be the #9 film in its opening weekend. Despite the talents of Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale involved, the film didn't have much pull among general audiences. This is a problem because the production budget was $90 million, so the project is on its way to becoming a bomb.
[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 24 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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