Box Office Battle Conclusion April 21st

The weekend has come to an end and with that comes the results from this weekend’s Box Office Battle. Let’s see how this weekend went!

5. Smurfs: The Lost Village


Taking fifth this weekend is Smurfs: The Lost Village with $4.88 million. This movie has still made only a bit more than half its budget back and this is its third week. This really goes to show what happens when you make two less than satisfactory adaptations of a beloved IP. I’m not saying the Smurfs brand is ruined forever, but for the foreseeable future Smurfs should stay out of theaters

4. Going in Style


In fourth place we have Going in Style at $4.91 million in its third week. The movie has made its money back, so that’s good. As a big fan of the director Zach Braff (JD from Scrubs), it’s nice that this movie isn’t a complete bust. Granted they didn’t do as well as one would hope, but they’re doing okay. So yay for him.

3. Beauty and the Beast


Taking the bronze this weekend is (unsurprisingly) Beauty and the Beast with $9.66 million. This movie just further strengthens Disney’s belief in the live action remake of an animated classic. I haven’t yet been completely convinced of this whole formula. I won’t call it lazy, but do we really need Lion King with realistic lions? Or creepy looking furniture that talks? But anyway, good for BANB for making hella money.

2. The Boss Baby


Second place this weekend is The Boss Baby with $12.71 million in its fourth weekend. For a movie I didn’t expect much of, this movie is doing extremely well. As of right now, its total gross is $138 million which is great. The fact that April was empty as hell probably really helped this movie. It’s always a success to see an animated film that is not Disney or Pixar that still manages to make the big bucks. So, despite my reluctance, rock on Boss Baby!

1. The Fate of the Furious


And taking the gold this weekend is none other than The Fate of the Furious with $38.41 million in its second weekend. It’s not a surprise that FOTF is on top, but the fact that it dropped so much is interesting. Now, a 61% drop isn’t horrible for these big budget movies because with these films people aren’t waiting around to see what the critics are saying. The majority of people have already decided if they would see it, so the people coming in week two are more so those who aren’t as interested in the franchise or those who are coming back for seconds. Looking back at the record breaking Furious 7, one can see that that film dropped around the same percent between week 1 and week 2. So all in all this movie seems to be doing A-Okay, although it won’t be making Furious 7 money.

Honorable Mentions

6. Born in China


So close and yet so far. Coming sixth this weekend is Disney nature’s Born in China with $4.79 million in its opening weekend. Honestly this isn’t super surprising. The Disney nature films, though enjoyable, never seem to make much in the theaters. But I’m happy Disney keeps making them. So yay for Born in China for almost making it in the top five!

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Box Office Battle April 21st Edition

Another weekend approaches and that means another Box Office Battle! This weekend is kinda weak, but it doesn’t seem like a complete lost cause. Let’s start off with our first competitor:

Phoenix Forgotten


Director: Justin Barber

Stars: Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez, Justin Matthews, Clint Jordan

Genre: Horror, mystery, sci-fi

Summary: 20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 57% (but there are like only seven reviews so…)

So this is this weekend’s least promising prospect: Phoenix Forgotten. This is a movie about an event people forgot about years ago (not to disrespect those kids who disappeared, but kids disappear literally every day). The director has never directed any other film, his only other IMDB credit being a producer credit for the movie Medicine for Melancholy, and not only have I never heard of this movie but it came out in 2008. Where has he been the last 9 years? And all the actors are unknowns, so they’re not a draw. So this is a movie about a very isolated tragedy that happened 20 years ago starring people no one knows or cares about directed by someone who no one knows or cares about. No offense to these kids, they could be perfectly fine actors, but this isn’t giving me much confidence. And to top that off, this is a subject that has had not one, but TWO other movies on this particular subject. The last one came out literally two years ago! This isn’t 9/11 or the Holocaust. The Great Chicago Fire was a bigger tragedy than this and I haven’t seen one movie on that, and yet this has three? So yeah this movie will be lucky to get into the top five this week, let alone take the top slot.



Director: Denise Di Novi

Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Summary: A woman sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband’s new wife. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 24%

Our next contender is Unforgettable, which, if this Rotten Tomatoes score is correct, is hopefully forgettable. But let’s examine the basics: first the director. This is Di Novi’s cinematic directorial debut, though besides this the only other thing she had directed was an episode of Bones. However, she has a bunch of producer credits to her name, many of them for very big movies. Some of the most notable ones are Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don’t quite know how much this experience will assist her in directing, but I figured it was worth mentioning. But what really had me interested was the cast, mainly Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl. Both are extremely talented and that can really help a small movie, even one with a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. From the trailers the movie seems like a fun revenge thriller to see with the girls on a Saturday night. It’s not gonna be the next Fatal Attraction or anything but it’ll probably do well enough.

Disney Nature’s Born in China


Director: Chuan Lu

Stars: John Krasinski

Genre: Documentary

Summary: Venturing into the wilds of China, “Born in China” captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Now for the real contender for this weekend: Born in China. Who doesn’t love a good Disney nature documentary? And Jim from The Office narrates! What’s not to love? Don’t have much to say on this, but I think this says enough

Who Will Win?


Fate of the Furious probably. I love the Disney nature films, but FOTF probably won’t drop more than 60% and these Disney nature films are great but they don’t make as much as they should. I know I said Born in China was the real contender, but Unforgettable will probably make more than it despite its 24%. But It’ll be fine. Like I said earlier, this is a light week. But fear not: soon we will get a little Marvel in our lives to kick off the Summer movie season.

So do you think Fate of the Furious will take top slot again this weekend? Who will do better: Born in China or Unforgettable? Do you think Phoenix Forgotten will actually be good? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.