The Fate of the Furious opened with an okay $98.8 million in the US, the 2nd best start in the series, behind only 2015’s Furious 7.
The Fate of the Furious grabbed $98.8 million in 2nd, down about 49% compared to Furious 7‘s incredible $147.2 million start. At the same time it’s slightly above Fast and Furious 6 ($97.4 million), previously the 2nd best. I guess everyone saw this coming, after all the series has been consistently growing since the 4th installment in 2009. I just didn’t think it would lose this much already. On the other hand The Fate of the Furious more than made up for that difference internationally where the film landed a new all-time opening weekend record, but more on that in another post very soon.
Where’s The Fate of the Furious headed at the box office? The safest bet would be $240 million or so domestically, in line with the 6th one (since both started so close). The final number will likely end up between $220 million and as high as $250 million. Since The Fate of the Furious had a $250 million production budget (by far the most expensive installment yet) those US numbers might not look like much, but the film is absolutely enormous internationally, so Universal won’t stop making these anytime soon. Next stop is Fast and Furious 9 on April 19th 2019 followed by Fast and Furious 10 on April 2nd 2021. Personally after Fate I’m looking forward more to that Hobbs and Shaw spin-off they’ve been talking about, since those two made the 8th film.
The Boss Baby is still going very well with $16 million in 2nd, down 39.3% from a week ago. After 18 days the animation grossed $119.6 million in the US, well on its way to a final total north of $150 million.
Beauty and the Beast made $13.7 million in 3rd, off by 42.1%. While that’s the lowest drop yet for Beauty and the Beast, it’s still not enough to get the musical back on track to $500 million in the US. On Saturday Beauty and the Beast achieved a new milestone, $450 million in 30 days, 7th fastest ever. That’s down from 6th to $400 million (19 days). At the 32 day mark Beauty and the Beast has $456.8 million and will probably stop around 490-$495 million, just shy of $500 million domestically.
Smurfs: The Lost Village is quickly losing steam, -49.2% in 4th with just $6.7 million. That’s $24.9 million after 11 days, way down from $44 million for the previous Smurfs film through the same point. And keep in mind that one was considered a box office disappointment, so The Lost Village is very much a flop for Sony.
Going in Style rounds out the top 5 with $6.3 million, down 47.3%. The $25 million comedy reached $24.1 million in 11 days in the US, likely looking at a final domestic total of about $35-40 million. Not a bad result all things considered, but maybe somewhat disappointing for Warner Bros. who might have wanted closer to $50 million.