This week was all about The Fate of the Furious and how it would be the second film this year to open with more than $100 million. On Sunday it looked like those predictions would come true, but when the actual figures were tallied up Monday, the film’s opening was off just a hair with $98.7 million. However, the film’s international opening DID break records with $433.2 million earned from 63 markets, giving it a $532 million global debut, another record, with the largest haul coming from China where the film earned $190 million. The film still has five more foreign markets in which to open including the Philippines and Japan. In the US, the film’s per screen average was $22,920 on 4,310 screens (however, The Lost City of Z earned $28,158 on average on 4 screens). The film did set another record for the largest opening of a film by an African-American director. It will also be the second film by an African-American director to cross $100 million domestically following Get Out, also from Universal.
With everyone focused on The Fate of the Furious, there was little else to look at as far as new releases. There was one other newcomer to the Top Ten, however, as Gifted added 1,090 screens in its second week of release for a total of 1,146. The boosted the film’s grosses by 590%, helping it shoot up from Number 16 to Number 6 with just over $3 million.
Not having a good week was Ghost in the Shell which took a massive 66% tumble, falling from Number 5 to Number 11 in its third week of release. To date, the $110 million film has earned just $37 million domestically and $115.1 million in foreign markets. The film would need to double its global total of $152.1 million to make anyone at Paramount happy. Power Rangers also took a hit of 55%, slipping two spots to Number 8 with $2.8 million, while Kong: Skull Island dropped 51% and three spots to Number 10 with $2.7 million. Luckily for Kong, the overseas grosses have made the film a huge success with $390 million in the bank, giving it a global total of $552.1 million.
Having a better weekend was Get Out, still in the Top Ten after eight weeks and dropping just 26% from last week, and moving up one spot to Number 7 with nearly $3 million. So far the $4.5 million film has earned $167.6 million. The Case for Christ also moved up one spot to Number 9, thanks to the Easter holiday, with $2.7 million. The Boss Baby dropped to second place in its third week with $16 million, and Beauty and the Beast has become the most successful movie musical ever with $454.7 million domestically and $588.4 million in foreign markets helping it cross the $1 billion mark this week. It is also now the 22nd largest worldwide release of all time.
The next two weekends will most likely belong to The Fate of the Furious with little wide release competition from The Promise, Unforgettable and Born in China opening April 21 and The Circle probably the biggest release of April 28. Things will get interesting again on May 5 when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens, likely the second film of the year to open north of $100 million. But we said that last week too, so we’ll see.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of April 14.
1. [N] –1– The Fate of the Furious – $98,786,705 [NEW]
4.  –2– Smurfs: The Lost Village – $6,714,300 [$24,945,059]
5.  –2– Going in Style – $6,288,402 [$23,318,880]
6.  –2– Gifted – $3,079,308 [$4,449,330]
9.  –2– The Case for Christ – $2,758,271 [$8,485,975]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo