Fate of the Furious Crosses $900M Globally; Unforgettable and The Promise Bomb

Posted April 24, 2017

The movie now has a domestic total of $US163.6 million.

Nonetheless, the film, which scored an A on CinemaScore and boasts a diverse and big-name cast, remains an global juggernaut, bringing in an estimated $163.4 million in 65 territories.

DreamWorks Animation and Fox's "The Boss Baby" was on track to be second place again, bringing in an estimated 12.75 million USA dollars in its fourth weekend to push its gross earning to 136.99 million US dollars in North America. The film is set during the Armenian Genocide, and bankrolled by the late businessman Kirk Kerkorian who wanted to bring visibility to the systematic extermination to 1.5 million Armenians at the order of the Ottoman empire in 1915 ― a politically fraught subject that Turkey continues to deny happened.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third place again with an estimated 9.97 million US dollars. The films have never been major box office draws, usually opening between $4 million and $8 million. It also marks the highest grossing Disney nature documentary opening so far, with previous features Monkey Kingdom and Bears, earning $4.5 million and $4.7 million respectively.

The directorial debut of longtime producer Denise Di Novi cost only $12 million to make, but the meager result still disappointed.

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Among the new movies, Warner Bros.' female-centric thriller Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl, is projected to gross roughly $2 million on Friday from 2,417 theaters for a forgettable $5 million-$6 million debut. The buddy comedy "Going in Style", starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, is chugging along after three weeks in theaters, taking fifth place with $5 million. After a harsh panning, it opened at number seven with $4 million.

Celebrities from Kim Kardashian West to Cher promoted the film on social media. And given the film's A- score on CinemaScore, it seems to have succeeded in doing so.

"We certainly hoped for a better box office result", said Open Road's president of marketing Jonathan Helfgot, adding that the film's mission was not purely box office-related.

Cinelou's "Phoenix Forgotten" opened at 1,592 theaters to an estimated $2 million this weekend.

Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast live-action remake remains in the third-place spot at the box office.