This weekend did not have any shocking surprises, but we’ll go over the winners anyway.
5. Going in Style
Going in Style, the story of three old dudes who rob a bank after getting screwed out of their pensions, takes fifth this weekend with $6.29 million in its second week. That brings its domestic total up to $23.32 million, so this movie will surely make back its $25 million budget. With lukewarm reception and a rotten tomatoes score of 46%, this isn’t an unexpected turn of events. On a good weekend this movie wouldn’t even make it into the top five, so I think they’re just happy to be sticking around.
4. Smurfs: The Lost Village
Now for a more devastating number we have Smurfs: The Lost Village with a measly $6.71 million in its second weekend. It’s numbers like that that hurt the soul. This movie has a $60 million budget. In the two weeks it has been out, the movie has made $24.95 million. And the numbers will only get worse. This is a well known property that was beloved and cherished by so many, so what happened? Well, the simple and answer is The Smurfs and the Smurfs 2. I mean, I love Neil Patrick Harris as much as the next guy, but those movies were just not that good. The first movie opened at $35 million and the second at half that ($17 million) and this one opened at a scary disappointing $13 million. I’m not saying the smurf brand is dead, but give is a rest Sony. You’ve done enough already.
3. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Now for some happy news, we have Beauty and the Beast with $13.71 million in its fifth week. This movie has a total gross of $454 million and with the nothing that’s coming out this weekend I doubt it’s gonna be losing too much money. This movie is everything Disney hoped it could be and then some. While I have yet to see this movie, practically every review is positive even despite some of the film’s flaws. However, come April 28th I think this tale as old as time will finally waltz its way out of the top five. At least it’ll be pushed out by another Emma Watson flick (The Circle), so not too big of a loss.
2. Boss Baby
Taking the silver this weekend is Boss Baby at $16.01 million in its third week. Now this movie has been the second biggest surprises of April (the first being the box office breaking Beauty and the Beast). I didn’t expect much of this movie, but it’s done pretty well for itself. With a total gross of $117 million in just three weeks, this movie, while not doing Pixar money, is doing quite alright. The fact that there is not much out this month is surely helping that. Since when did April become such a week month? But anyway rock on Boss Baby, you earned this with a loveable story and good timing.
1. The Fate of the Furious
And to no one’s surprise, The Fate of the Furious is taking the gold this weekend with a whooping $98.78 million domestic, but that’s not the big story. Not that making that much opening weekend in the US is anything to frown at, but the big story that this movie made $433 million dollars internationally. That means that this movie made over $531 million globally in its opening weekend. Now I recently learned that this means everything and nothing, and ,being the good Samaritan I am, I am here to explain why. Not every movie opens in every market a the same time. The best way to show this is to look at the data. With this opening The Fate of the Furious has now replaced Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as the highest global opening weekend box office. HOWEVER, when The Force Awakens debuted it had not yet opened in China. Because The Fate of the Furious did open in China, this can’t be accurate. Because every market doesn’t have every movie out when it’s out here, this number doesn’t really mean anything. But like I said, this means everything and nothing. Here’s the everything: This movie has still for a fact doubled it’s budget. And when its run is finally over that will be added up with all the other millions of dollars it makes here and internationally, and it’s gonna make something massive. If it stays on this path it could even reach a billion come the end of its run. However, going back to domestic, this movie did not make what it’s predecessor did. It actually made almost $50 million less. Granted Paul Walker’s untimely death surely had an affect on Furious 7‘s box office, but not an affect of $50 million. Perhaps there’s a bit of Furious fatigue? I’ve never been into the films, so on that front I can’t really say much.
Not quite making it into the top five but definitely catching my eye is Gifted. It made only $3.08 million this weekend, but this movie just looks so nice. Chris Evans in a sweet movie with a cute prodigy child and Octavia Spencer. What’s not to love?
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