‘Baahubali 2’ Gets Fast and Furious Behind Sequel Three-Peat
For the third straight weekend, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious achieved another victory at the box office with an estimated $19.3 million. New releases How to Be a Latin Lover and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion surprised the charts taking the following two spots.
The Fate of the Furious will be enjoying its final week atop the box office. Down 49.5% from last weekend, the eighth installment is now up to $192.7 million. Still 5% behind Fast & Furious 6, The Fate of the Furious is still fighting for a $225 million finish. With Guardians 2 out next weekend, we’ll have a better picture of how much gas is left in the tank. It’s only be harder with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Alien: Covenant on the horizon. There’s also a possibility it may not even surpass Logan ($224.5 million). Rumors are swirling about a black-and-white re-release for the clawed superhero.
While The Fate of the Furious continues to slow down, two surprises capitalized over the slow weekend. In second place is Pantelion’s How to Be a Latin Lover with $12 million. The Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek comedy was a hit with Hispanic audiences. 89% of those in attendance were of that demographic. This is quite similar to the studio’s own Instruction’s Not Included, which surprised pundits over Labor Day weekend in 2013. Similar legs may peg the comedy around a $35 million finish.
Opening in just over 400 theaters, Bollywood sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was the talk of the box office this weekend. The Great India Films productions surprised everyone with a $10.1 million opening. It’s near impossible to find a similar film with such a low theater count opening over $10 million. Foreign language films in general don’t muster a massive opening. Talk to Jet Li if you want exceptions. His film’s Fearless ($10.6 million) and Hero ($18 million) are rare exceptions. Plenty of business for Baahubali 2 came from IMAX. It’ll be a flash in the pan as Guardians 2 claims all of those this Friday. Right now, we don’t know if Baahubali 2 will expand in regular 2D theaters next weekend or not. Its trajectory is difficult to pinpoint.
The dual star power of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson couldn’t save The Circle this weekend. The STX debut in fourth place with $9.3 million. While this is career-high for indie director James Ponsoldt, it’s a low for both Hanks and Watson. Scoring a dismal 17% on Rotten Tomatoes and an alarming D+ on CinemaScore, there was simply no love for all around for the techno-thriller. At least Watson is still capitalizing on the record-shattering success of Beauty and the Beast. Tom Hanks will hope that his next project with Steven Spielberg will break out, coming off of back-to-back busts with Inferno and now, The Circle.
Down three spots from last weekend, The Boss Baby found its way to fifth place. The DreamWorks Animation hit grossed another $9 million in its fifth weekend, bringing its total to $148.5 million stateside. Expect the $150 million milestone to be broken by the end of the week. Expect at least another $10 million in the bank. But with Guardians blasting away the competition this Friday, The Boss Baby won’t be enjoying another -30% drop next weekend.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.
#1 – The Fate of the Furious (1)
$19.4 million / $192.7 million total
#2 – How to Be a Latin Lover (NR)
$12.0 million / $12.0 million total
#3 – Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (NR)
$10.1 million / $10.1 million total
#4 – The Circle (NR)
$9.3 million / $9.3 million total
#5 – The Boss Baby (2)
$9.1 million / $148.5 million total
Opening Next Week: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Source: Box Office Mojo