Furious 8 Cleans Up Over Very Slow Weekend
By John Hamann
April 23, 2017
Speaking of mind-boggling, the foreign total for Furious 8 is out-of-hand large. This weekend alone, the overseas weekend pulled in $163.4 million, which is eerily close to the domestic total. That brings the international amount up to $744.8 million, and the worldwide take is pushed to a ridiculous $908.4 million. That puts Furious 8 at #43 on the all-time worldwide earners list, and the film has only been out for 10 days. If there was ever any concern about the $250 million production budget (and likely a similar number for marketing), Furious 8 is already easily profitable through its theatrical release. It's interesting now to hear about the different spinoffs and ideas to keep the series fresh as it pushes forward to close out the decade and then find some sort of rebirth, which is a smart move on Universal's part.
The Boss Baby remains in second for the third consecutive weekend, as no film seems to want to take on either the Boss or the Beauty. The DreamWorks release earned another $12.8 million, and fell a very slim 21%. The domestic total for the $125 million film has reached $137 million, and overseas it has earned $221 million for a worldwide total just short of $360 million.
That means Beauty and the Beast remains in third, as it comes through its sixth week of release. Beauty earned another $10 million in its sixth frame, and dropped a minor league 27%, as it follows the same path as Boss Baby. The domestic total for the Disney release sits at $471.1 million, and overseas it has earned $630 million, for a stunning worldwide take of $1.1 billion.
Fourth brings our first new feature and only new release in the top six this weekend. That feature is the Panda movie called Born in China, from the Disneynature label, and it earned $5.1 million from only 1,508 venues. These are prestige pictures for Disney, with less demand for them to open big and crank out a profit. No budget data was released, but we know that Bears and the Chimpanzee movie both cost $5 million, so that plus a few million for inflation puts this one in good position to make some money.
Finishing just behind in fifth is now three-weekend-old Going in Style, which also recovered this weekend. After getting pounded with a 47% drop last weekend, it bounced back this frame, picking up $5 million and dropping only 20%. That puts the old folks comedy on track again to be profitable, as the $25 million film now has $31.8 million in the domestic kitty, and it has earned almost $20 million away from North America, for a global take of $50.9 million.
Those damned Smurfs fell to sixth in its third weekend, as the film fell 28% and earned $4.9 million. After three weekends, Smurfs: The Lost Village has earned $33.4 million domestically, and one might think it would be in trouble versus its $60 million budget. Once again, overseas revenue is going to save another film, as The Lost Village has crossed the $100 million mark as of today, and brings the worldwide tally to $133.7 million. It still has some work to do and has some overseas markets to roll out to yet.