'Furious 8' revs ahead to outpace three new releases
Los Angeles (AFP) – “The Fate of the Furious” continued to dominate the North American box office over the weekend, fending off newcomers at home while passing the $1 billion mark worldwide, data showed Monday.
The eighth installment in Universal’s high-octane series starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took $19.9 million, Exhibitor Relations reported. The film has grossed $193.3 million domestically in three weeks.
“Furious 8,” which had a record-breaking global debut weekend, sees Diesel’s character coerced by a cyberterrorist played by Charlize Theron to turn against his own team.
The next two films, new releases, were led by Pantelion’s “How to be a Latin Lover,” a comedy starring Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell and Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez.
It took in an estimated $12.3 million while fantasy “Baahubali: The Conclusion,” a sequel to a 2015 movie and only the third Indian film released in Imax format, $10.4 million.
In fourth place, still performing strongly in its fifth week, is DreamWorks animation “The Boss Baby,” which took in $9.4 million. The tale of rivalry between infants and puppies features Alec Baldwin as the voice of the tie-wearing baby-in-chief.
STX Entertainment’s “The Circle,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in an exploration of privacy, paranoia and Silicon Valley ethics in a near-future world, earned $9 million for fifth spot.
The industry is awaiting the domestic release at the weekend of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which took $106 million in foreign markets and is expected to outperform the original “Guardians,” BoxOfficeMojo.com reported.
Rounding out the top 10 were:
“Beauty and the Beast” ($6.8 million)
“Going in Style” ($3.6 million)
“Smurfs: The Lost Village” ($3.6 million)
“Gifted” ($3.4 million)
“Unforgettable” ($2.4 million)