Guardians 2 Opens Summer With a Bang
By John Hamann
May 7, 2017
That puts The Fate of the Furious down to second for the first time since it opened way back on April 14th. After three weekends as the top dog, it get crushed this weekend, losing a remarkable 57% and earning only $8.5 million. It wasn't all just Guardians showing up, either. The Universal release also lost 482 venues this weekend, moving down to 3,595 but consider that it was on 4,000 plus for three weekends).There is never real bad news for this release - consider that it crossed the $200 million domestic mark on Friday night, its 22nd day - consider that The Jungle Book, Captain America and Furious 7 are the only April releases to do it that fast. Furious 8 now has a running total of $207.1 million and will be the third biggest Fast and Furious release in the next couple of days. Overseas data has Fate at $951 million, putting the global total at a crazy $1.16 billion.
That puts The Boss Baby in third place. The DreamWorks hanger on earned another $6.2 million, and was off 34% compared to last weekend, decent because of the monstrous bite that Guardians 2 took out of the box office, as this is our first piece of evidence that Guardians didn't play extremely young. The Boss Baby, with its $125 million budget, has now earned $156.7 million on the domestic side and another $278 million on the foreign side, for a global total of $435 million. They have to be thrilled after likely losing money theatrically on Trolls and Home.
How To Be A Latin Lover, as expected, dies a little at the box office this weekend, finishing fourth. Films like this often have a pent up desire to see them from their core audience, and then little chance of breaking out into the wider audience over their follow up weekends. So, after debuting to $12.3 million last weekend, it fell 57% to only $5.3 million this weekend. The New York Times says this one cost $10 million, so with a gross to date of $20.7 million, and no data on grosses away from home yet, we already know this is going to be a winner for Pantelion and LionsGate.
Beauty and the Beast finally separates from The Boss Baby (estimates last weekend had them together, but then The Circle was reduced down, separating the two for the first time). Beauty earned another $4.9 million in its eighth weekend and now has a running total of $487.6 million on the domestic side. It lost 28% of its audience this weekend, again showing that movies for the very young weren't affected by Guardians, and I will soon show you that it didn't affect movies for the very old as well. The domestic total now sits at eighth on the domestic all-time list, and it is joined by an foreign take just short of $700 million.