Weekend Wrap-Up

Fate Can't Match Furious 7 Domestically But Box Office Still Stellar

By John Hamann

April 16, 2017

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That puts the Smurfs 3 in fourth, The Sony release earned $6.5 million and dropped a rough 51%. The total for the animated kids flick stands at $24.7 million, but overseas venues have already picked up more than $70 million, so the global tally has easily surpassed the $60 million production budget.

Going in Style drops harder and faster than I thought it would. I thought the comedy about old men robbing banks would prove to be effective counter-programming against Furious 8, but the first night that they faced off against each other, Going in Style dropped 50% when comparing opening Friday to its second. Over the weekend, the WB/New Line release earned $6.4 million, off 47% compared to its opening $11.9 million frame. The good news? This one cost only $25 million to make, a number it is at least closing in on domestically, as it has earned $23.4 million after ten days.

Gifted, the new drama from Lionsgate with Chris Evans as the uncle/guardian of a gifted daughter, didn't expand overly well from its limited release last weekend. Out to 1,146 theaters this weekend, the drama earned $3 million, giving it a venue average of $2,618. Reviews are mixed, with Gifted scoring a 65% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Gifted was shot back in 2015, so I imagine that no one really knew what to do with it, and the release shows that there wasn't much that could be done. Made for $7 million, no one will get too hurt by this one.

Get Out holds strong in seventh this weekend, its eighth of a mighty release. Get Out turned in $2.9 million this weekend, down just 28% compared to last weekend. This $4.5 million horror flick has now earned $167.5 million stateside, and it has made $16 million overseas.


Power Rangers is eighth, as it got beat up by Furious 8 as well this weekend. The Lionsgate release earned only $2.8 million in its third weekend, and was off 54% compared to the previous weekend. It doesn't look like its going to match its $100 million production budget stateside with its domestic gross, as that stands at $80.6 million to date. Overseas hasn't helped much so far, but still may be its savior. So far, it is sputtering overseas with only $48 million to date. However, it still has Korea, China and Japan to come, but will have to pull $150 million from those three markets to prove a success for Lionsgate, who has been beaten to death on these expensive wannabe franchises.

Depending on turnout on Easter Sunday, and the way estimates are made, The Case for Christ could finish as high as high as sixth when estimates come out on Monday, or as low as tenth. The estimated weekend gross came in at $2.7 million, with a potential drop of 31%. So far, the small, faith-based release has earned $8.4 million.

Finishing tenth is Kong: Skull Island, another of our holdovers that has had an excellent run. This weekend, Kong earned another $2.7 million, down 52%. The domestic take for this $185 million release has hit $161.2 million, with the overseas hitting $391 million - $160 million of that amount coming from China.

Overall, the box office was down slightly compared to last year, when The Jungle Book debuted with $103.3 million. The top 12 this weekend managed a strong $160.8 million. One year ago, the top 12 was pushed to $167.9 million. Next weekend, we are pummeled by mid-tier openers. Disney gives us their latest Earth Day film, Born in China, A24 issues Free Fire with Brie Larson, Cinelou releases Phoenix Forgotten, a horror/sci-fi release from producer RIdley Scott, Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac star in The Promise, which appears to be another "made for Oscar" misfire, and finally we have Unforgettable with the forgettable Katherine Heigl.

Top Ten for Weekend of
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 Fate of the Furious Universal 100.2 New 100.2
2 The Boss Baby 20th Century Fox 15.5 -41% 116.3
3 Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Co. 13.6 -42% 454.6
4 Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony 6.5 -51% 24.7
5 Going in Style Warner Bros. 6.4 -47% 23.4
6 Gifted Lionsgate 3.0 +572% 4.4
7 Get Out Universal 2.9 -28% 167.5
8 Power Rangers Lionsgate 2.8 -54% 80.6
9 The Case for Christ Pure Flix 2.7 -31% 8.4
10 Kong: Skull Island Warner Bros. 2.7 -52% 161.2
11 Ghost in the Shell Paramount 2.4 -67% 37.0
12 The Zookeeper's Wife Focus 2.1 -23% 10.7

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