The new-releases this weekend may not have been the most-anticipated titles of the spring, but thriller fans should be happy to see so many choices at their local cinema. This weekend movie-fans could choose between the action-thriller “Free Fire,” the drama-thriller “Unforgettable,” or the mystery-thriller “Phoenix Forgotten”. Disney offered a reprieve from the thriller trend this weekend, releasing “Born in the China” to coincide with Earth Day. If you didn’t like this week’s offerings, next weekend is shaping up to be much better. Moviegoers can plan to watch the Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega thriller “The Circle” next weekend, or the films “Sleight” and the comedy “How to be a Latin Lover”.
All of the new installments this weekend are having a rough start, so expect these films to hit VOD sometime very soon.
Despite all of the new thrillers, “The Fate of the Furious” still managed to remain at number-one this week on the domestic charts. The eighth installment to franchise brought-in another $38M for Universal Pictures, raising the film’s two-week domestic total to over $163M. “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” remained at number-two this week, pulling in almost $13M for the studio. The animated-comedy remained in 3,697 locations this week, and has grossed over $136M in just four-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 has two hits on the charts this weekend, “Beauty and the Beast” landed in third-place with a $10M weekend, and “Born in China” debuted at number-four with a $5.1M opening weekend. “Beauty and the Beast” has been in theaters for six-weeks now, and has grossed over $471M domestically. The film was directed by Bill Condon, working off a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. “Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci. “Born in China” was directed by Chuan Lu and written by David Fowler and Brian Leith. The documentary features the voice-talents of John Krasinski and Xun Zhou.
“Going in Style” sank to fifth-place with a $5M weekend, despite remaining in 3,038 locations. The heist-comedy has grossed over $31M for the studio, and has been in theaters for three-weeks now. “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.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning are the long-list of losers that debuted this weekend. “Unforgettable” opened in 2,417 locations but only managed to pull-in $4.8M over the film’s debut weekend. “Unforgettable” was directed by Denise Di Novi, the screenplay was written by Christina Hodson and David Leslie Johnson. The thriller stars Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, and Geoff Stults.
“The Promise” grossed $4M across 2,251 locations, but only managed to reach ninth-place overall. “The Promise” was directed by Terry George, and stars Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale. The mystery-thriller “Phoenix Forgotten” had a $2M opening weekend, not bad considering the budget, and that the film opened across 1,592 locations. “Phoenix Forgotten” was directed by Justin Barber, the film features Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, and Chelsea Lopez.
A24 had a rare miss with “Free Fire,” the film only managed to gross $1M across 1,070 locations. “Free Fire” was directed by Ben Wheatley, working from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Amy Jump. The film stars Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, and Armie Hammer.
Next weekend these film will have to battle “The Circle” and its all-star cast, as well as “How to be a Latin Lover,” and “Sleight”