The holiday weekend may have brought us sunshine and warmer temperatures to enjoy, but there is only one major-release for moviegoers to choose from at the local cinema. Universal Pictures’ “The Fate of the Furious” scared away the competition this weekend, taking the box-office with an amazing $100M domestic gross. “The Fate of the Furious” was directed by F. Gary Gray, the script was written by Chris Morgan and Gary Scott. The new installment stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Kurt Russell and Tyrese Gibson.
FOX’s “The Boss Baby” dropped to second-place overall on the domestic charts this week with a $15M weekend. The film remained in 3,743 locations, and has grossed over $116M in three weeks. “The Boss Baby” was directed by Tom McGrath, and features the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel and Tobey Maguire.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” hit third-place overall with a $13M weekend gross. The film remained in 3,592 locations, and has grossed over $454M domestically for Disney in just five-weeks. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was directed by Bill Condon, working off a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.
“Smurfs: The Lost Village” was a distant fourth-place this weekend, dropping from third to fourth-place overall with a small $6.5M weekend gross. The animated-comedy remained in 3,610 locations, and has grossed almost $25M for Sony. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” was directed by Kelly Asbury. The animated-comedy features the voice-talents of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Julia Roberts, Ariel Winter and Meghan Trainor.
Rounding out the top-five was “Going in Style”. The crime-comedy from Warner Bros. Pictures only picked-up $6.3M at the box-office in its second-week, and has only grossed $23M to date. “Going in Style” was directed by Zach Braff, the screenplay was written by Theodore Melfi. The crime-comedy was based on the 1979 story written by Edward Cannon. Starring in the film are Joey King, Morgan Freeman and Ann-Margret.
“Born in China,” “Free Fire,” “Phoenix Forgotten,” “The Promise” and “Unforgettable” will hit theaters next weekend, but “Fate of the Furious” is expected to take the box-office for another week. “Free Fire” could potentially take the throne, the action-thriller features Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson and Armie Hammer.