Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Brakes Shy of $100M Opening

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'The Fate of the Furious' (2017) - Weekend Box Office

‘Fate of the Furious’ Scores 2nd Biggest Franchise Debut

While The Fate of the Furious couldn’t live up to Furious 7’s record-breaking debut, there’s still plenty of life left in the franchise. The eighth chapter of the franchise opened to an estimated $98.8 million.

The Fate of the Furious played exactly like Fast & Furious 6 ($97.4 million) back in 2013. Think of the drop like Spectre coming after Skyfall. Both Furious 7 and Skyfall were lightning in a bottle for various reasons. Paul Walker’s passing for Furious 7 and the 50th anniversary and critical acclaim for Skyfall. Even with an A grade on CinemaScore, interest could not be matched. Even if The Fate of the Furious winds up with a more down-to-earth $230 million finish, films 9 and 10 are coming.

Fox and DreamWorks Animation should be happy this weekend with The Boss Baby. The animated Alec Baldwin comedy settled for second place with $16 million. Down 39.3% in its third weekend, The Boss Baby continues to hold decently. Perhaps not as strong as the studio’s own Home back in 2015. That film continues a 10% lead. However, if it follows the same trajectory, The Boss Baby may end up with $150-155 million. That at least matches Trolls from this past Thanksgiving.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast looks to be 2017’s biggest film until Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December. Until then, we may not even have a $500 million film. The live-action remake grossed another $13.7 million over the weekend. Once again, Beauty and the Beast was unable to stabilize under a 40% drop. That rules out the much-need Jungle Book legs pushing it over the half-billion mark. After 30 days in theaters, it managed to crack the $450 million mark. Though, if it begins to slow down like Finding Dory, we may see a finish around $485-490 million. Guardians 2 in three weeks will claim plenty of its theaters.

Down one spot from last weekend, Smurfs: The Lost Village declined 49.2%, grossing another $6.7 million. For Sony’s family franchise, The Lost Village continues to play catch-up behind both The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2. This is also the biggest sophomore drop for the series as well. The Smurfs fell 41.9% in 2011, while The Smurfs 2 took a steeper 46.8% dip. If The Lost Village plays like the latter, we could be looking at a $40 million finish.

Rounding out the charts this weekend is senior comedy, Going in Style. The Warner Bros.’ production dropped 47.3% from last weekend. Already in its second weekend, Going in Style doesn’t have the longevity that Last Vegas did in 2013. Morgan Freeman also starred in that comedy, which dropped 32% in its sophomore frame. Right now $30-35 million seems to be a reasonable finish.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – The Fate of the Furious (NR)
$98.8 million / $98.8 million total

#2 – The Boss Baby (1)
$16.0 million / $116.8 million total

#3 – Beauty and the Beast (2)
$13.7 million / $454.7 million total

#4 – Smurfs: The Lost Village (3)
$6.7 million / $24.9 million total

#5 – Going in Style (4)
$6.3 million / $23.3 million total

Opening Next Week: Born in China, Unforgettable, The Promise, Free Fire, Phoenix Forgotten

Source: Box Office Mojo