It was an odd weekend at the box office that featured some newcomers that surprised and disappointed while the established heavy-hitters managed to continue to do some robust business.
In first place for the third — and let’s just say the last — weekend was The Fate of the Furious with nearly $20 million. At 4,077 screens, that’s just a $4,890 average and a drop of 48%, and the film has yet to meet its $250 million budget with a cumulative domestic total of $193.2 million. Luckily the film is performing well overseas where it has earned a total of $873.5 million pushing it just past the $1 billion mark globally, making it Universal’s fifth billion dollar movie.
Dropping just 26% and two spots to Number 4, The Boss Baby earned another $9.3 million on 3,739 screens, up 42 from last week, with an average of $2,507 per screen. The estimated $125 million production has now earned $148.7 million domestically in it’s fifth week with foreign totals at $250.4 million for a $399.2 million worldwide gross.
Beauty and the Beast saw just a 29% drop in its seventh week of release, falling three spots to Number 6 with $6.8 million on 3,155 screens giving it an average of $2,163. Domestically, the $160 million film has earned over $480 million with an additional $662.2 million for foreign markets giving it $1.1 billion globally. Disneynature’s Born In China, however, saw its box office tumble a little more than 50% in its second weekend, dropping five spots out of the Top Ten to Number 11 with $2.3 million. And Unforgettable took a 50% hit in its second week, dropping three spots to Number 10 with $2.4 million.
Of the four major newcomers this week, there were surprises all around, both good and bad. With Emma Watson burning up the screen as Belle, it seems her fans weren’t so interested in seeing her take on a more modern role in the thriller The Circle, which debuted at Number 5 with $9 million on 3,163 screens, giving it a $2,856 average, a little better than both The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast.
Coming in at Number 14 was the latest Blumhouse release, Sleight, which earned a respectable $1.7 million on 565 screens. That’s a $3,012 average, besting the averages of the Top Ten films in the Numbers 4-10 spots. But it was Number 2 and 3 that astonished this weekend. At Number 2 is How To Be a Latin Lover with $12.2 million on 1,118 screens. That’s a per screen average of $10,959, more than twice that of The Fate of the Furious. Even more impressive is the Number 3 movie, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which earned $10.3 million on just 425 screens. That is a very impressive $24,364 average, six times that of The Fate of the Furious.
The coming weekend will see three limited release films — 3 Generations, Chuck and The Lovers — which may or may not be able to find their way into the Top Ten. Of course all eyes will be on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which will be hitting over 4,200 screens, aiming to be the next film this year with a $100 million-plus opening weekend. Early buzz is excellent, so Marvel and Disney should have no worries.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of April 28.
1.  –3– The Fate of the Furious – $19,936,540 [$193,268,115]
2. [N] –1– How to be a Latin Lover – $12,252,439 [NEW]
3. [N] –1– Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – $10,354,532 [NEW]
5. [N] –1– The Circle – $9,034,148 [NEW]
7.  –4– Going in Style – $3,607,144 [$37,346,914]
8.  –4– Smurfs: The Lost Village – $3,558,031 [$37,977,532]
9.  –4– Gifted – $3,364,270 [$15,894,295]
10.  –2– Unforgettable – $2,412,141 [$9,150,960]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo