U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 14 – Sun 16 April, 2017

On the wide release front it was really only about 3 movies that held the national interest in the United States. One new juggernaut and two hold overs. That juggernaut, The Fate of the Furious (4,310 screens), opened on the widest pre-summer release pattern in the history of cinema and for its spoils is projected to land at a stonkering $102m+ opening weekend on a circa $23,666 screen average.

Given it comes with a $250m production price tag before publicity and advertising, that’s good news which there’s even more of in consideration that, internationally, the film is set to consume $430m which China alone delivering an expected record breaking $192m.

That’ll bring the opening weekend global tally to $532m which will mean, from a production return on investment, Universal is already in the black and the film should gun to a $1.25bn+ global gross easily. If Fate can hit $532m it will also claim the highest grossing global opening weekend in history, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens mammoth $529m back in 2015.

The Fate of the Furious scored a 64% fresh from rotten tomatoes, down from series champion Furious 7‘s 79% fresh, but that didn’t deter audiences who gave it an A cinemascore.

Looking at the franchise itself, since its re-invigoration in 2009 the series has gone from box office strength to strength with particular notice given to the aforementioned international heft of audiences. With Fate looking to come in at around the $250m mark domestically, it’ll smash $1bn internationally and bring to total global to $1.25bn and, in turn, push the franchise to a $5.14bn net worth for Universal. Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am!

Film Rel Date Opening Weekend U.S. Gross Int. Gross Total % Int Budget
The Fast and the Furious

22/6/01

$‎ 40,089,015 $‎ 144,533,925 $‎ 62,750,000 $‎ 207,283,925

30.27%

$‎ 38,000,000
2 Fast 2 Furious

6/6/13

$‎ 50,472,480 $‎ 127,154,901 $‎ 109,195,760 $‎ 236,350,661

46.20%

$‎ 76,000,000
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

16/6/06

$‎ 23,973,840 $‎ 62,514,415 $‎ 95,953,877 $‎ 158,468,292

60.55%

$‎ 70,000,000
Fast and Furious

3/4/09

$‎ 70,950,500 $‎ 155,064,265 $‎ 208,100,000 $‎ 363,164,265

57.30%

$‎ 85,000,000
Fast Five

29/4/11

$‎ 86,198,765 $‎ 209,837,675 $‎ 416,300,000 $‎ 626,137,675

66.49%

$‎ 125,000,000
Fast and The Furious 6

24/5/13

$‎ 97,375,245 $‎ 238,679,850 $‎ 550,000,000 $‎ 788,679,850

69.74%

$‎ 160,000,000
Fast and the Furious 7

3/4/15

$‎ 147,187,040 $‎ 353,007,020 $‎ 1,163,038,891 $‎ 1,516,045,911

76.72%

$‎ 190,000,000
The Fate of the Furious

14/4/17

$‎ 102,000,000

$250,000,000

$‎ 1,000,000,000 $‎ 1,250,000,000

80.00%

$‎ 250,000,000
Totals $‎ 618,246,885 $‎ 1,540,792,051 $‎ 3,605,338,528 $‎ 5,146,130,579

70.06%

$‎ 994,000,000
Average $‎ 77,280,861 $‎ 192,599,006 $‎ 450,667,316 $‎ 643,266,322

70.06%

$‎ 124,250,000

With two more sequels in the works to hit the mighty decalogue, it’s fair to say that this franchise ain’t going anywhere anytime soon!

The Boss Baby (3,743 screens) retains its hold over Beauty and the Beast by claiming silver with $15.9m 3rd weekend, dropping 40% from the last frame. With $116.7m in the tank its now just edged past Trolls which was at$116.1m figure at the end of weekend 3 last year.  Positioning itself nicely for a $150m domestic finish, it’ll be another good little franchise starter for the reviving animation house.

Beauty and the Beast (3,743 screens) drops 44% in week 5 for $13.1m to bring the domestic total to $454.1m and with it confirming it is the highest grossing musical of all time. With a $490m finish most likely here, it’ll claim #4 all time for Disney, knocking of Finding Dory ($486m) but just not enough to hit the half-a-billion mark. Mind you, with a week of nothing releases going out this coming frame, it bodes well for a much softer cannibalisation of business for the hit film.

Smurfs: The Lost Village (3,610 screens) plummets 49% for a $6.8m 2nd weekend to bring the haul to $25m for the $60m production. With a $40m finish a golden best case scenario, it’d be fair to say that any further advancement in this property will fall into the direct to home entertainment category.

Going In Style (3,076 screens) has gone the way of the dodo, falling 50% for a $6m second weekend. With $23m in the kitty, it seems that the grey rinse brigade weren’t all that interested in this through the week, either. All over for $35m top end.

Gifted (1,146 screens) expands by 1,090 screens only to tank badly with $3.1m on a $2,705 screen average. With a non-Marvel Chris Evans lead, even trying to expand against a massive 4 quadrant actioner like The Fate of the Furious, no matter how sincere the counter-programming initiative might be, was an exercise in folly. With $4.5m in the tank thus far, this will bow out with $8m.

Saban’s Power Rangers (2,171 screens) crosses $80.6m as the sun sets on its box office trade. $85m finish.

Get Out (1,424 screens), a horror film that’s still in the top ten after 8 weeks of trade, crosses $167.4m on its way to a $172m finish. Just WOW!

The Lost City of Z (4 screens) opens solidly with $104,000 on a $26,000 screen average. Bodes well for the James Gray film that landed an 88% fresh rotten tomatoes score.

Opening Friday 21 April 2017 – The Promise, Free Fire, Phoenix Forgotten, Born in China, Unforgettable

Figures from Deadline

1.) The Fate of the Furious (UNI), 4,310 theaters / $45.8M Fri. (includes $10.4M previews) /3-day cume: $102.1M /Wk 1

2.) The Boss Baby (20thCentury Fox/DWA), 3,743 theaters (-86)  / $6.5M Fri. (-6%) / 3-day cume: $15.9m (-40%)/ Total: $116.7M/Wk 3

3.) Beauty and the Beast (DIS), 3,592 theaters (-377)  / $5M Fri. (-22%)   / 3-day cume: $13.1M (-44%) / Total cume: $454.1M/ Wk 5

4.) Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony), 3,610 theaters / $2.7M Fri. (-34%) /3-day cume: $6.8M (-49%)/Total: $25M/Wk 2

5.) Going in Style (WB/VR), 3,076 theaters (+15) / $2.1M Fri. (-50% )/3-day cume: $6M  (-50%)/Total: $23M/Wk 2

6.) Gifted (FSL), 1146 theaters (+1090) / $1M Fri. (+600%)/3-day cume: $3.1M (+675%)/Total: $4.5M/Wk 2

7.) Saban’s Power Rangers (LGF), 2,171 theaters  (-807) / $1M Fri. (-40%)/ 3-day cume: $2.9M (-52%) / Total cume: $80.6M / Wk 4

8.) Get Out (UNI), 1,424 theaters (-150) / $1M Fri. (-16%)/3-day cume: $2.8M  (-31%)/ Total cume: $167.4M / Wk 8

9.) The Case for Christ (Pureflix), 1,386 theaters (+212) / $949K Fri. (-38%)/3-day cume: $2.7M (-31%) /Total:$8.4M/Wk 2

10.) Kong: Skull Island (20th/Legendary), 2,018 theaters (-735) / $909K Fri.(-40%) 3-day cume: $2.59M (-53%)Total cume: $163.2M Wk 6

NOTABLES:

Manje Bistre  (WHP), 65 theaters / $186K Fri./$9k PTA/3-day cume: $544k/Wk 1

Colossal (NEON), 100 theaters (+96) / $173 Fri.(+284%)/ 3-day cume: $501K (+317%)/$5k PTA/Total: $621K/Wk 2

Their Finest (STX/Europa), 52 theaters (+48) / $100k Fri.(+418%)/$5,7k screen average/ 3-day cume: $298k (+291%) /Total: $412K/Wk 2 

Tommy’s Honour (RSA), 160 theaters / $71K Fri./3-day cume: $186k/Wk 1

The Lost City of Z  (BST/AMZ), 4 theaters / $39K Fri./$26k PTA/3-day cume: $104k/Wk 1

Norman  (SPC), 5 theaters / $26K Fri./$14,5k PTA/3-day cume: $73k/Wk 1

Maudie  (SPC), 3 theaters / $23K Fri./$16,1k PTA/3-day cume: $64k/Wk 1

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