'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office

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Studio estimates Sunday say the eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise earned $38.7 million over the weekend. Fate of the Furious is also doing massive business overseas, where it earned another $163.4 million for a foreign total of $744.8 million - led by China with an astounding $318 million.

But slipping domestic earnings (and lower USA grosses than "Furious 7", which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus "Fate's" current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie's global appeal. It's expected to cross $1 billion globally this week.

Fourth place went to Born in China, a Disney animal documentary, which debuted with US$5.1 million. "It just didn't resonate with our intended audience", said Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein. There's good news here - the film only cost $12 million to make - but there's no question that's a REALLY bad opener for a film with higher expectations and some star power (Rosario Dawson and Geoff Stults in addition to Heigl).

"The film has been an absolute monster internationally where it has truly become a box office phenomenon as it approaches the one billion US dollars mark worldwide after just two weeks in theaters", comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Xinhua.

Coming in second once again is The Boss Baby, which barely takes a hit with its 20 percent drop, as it continues to perform well, pulling in an estimated $12.8 million in what is now its fourth week out, making for an estimated $137 million domestic haul for the Alec Baldwin-starring animated film. The Zach Braff-directed update of the 1979 heist comedy ends this weekend with an estimated domestic total of $31.8 million.




Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale make up the central love triangle in the movie directed by Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda").

"The Promise", too, couldn't follow through, despite a social media push from stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, the Kardashian sisters and Cher. It is expected to reach the $400 million mark there in the Middle Kingdom.

James Grey's The Lost City of Z expanded into a total of 614 theaters in its second weekend, earning $2.1 million to place No. 10.

"We certainly hoped for a better box office result", said Open Road's president of marketing Jonathan Helfgot, adding that the film's mission was not purely box office-related.

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