Three new films hit the box-office this week, though two of new releases were a little harder to find in some parts of the country. Moviegoers had the option to see Emma Watson’s new thriller “The Circle,” the comedy “How to be a Latin Lover,” or the thriller “Sleight” this weekend, though most of them had mild debuts. It’s unlikely that any of these new films will get to keep their opening spots on the domestic-charts next weekend, as “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2” is expected to dominate the charts.
Despite the big names and all of the marketing, “The Circle” failed to top “The Fate of Furious,” which took number-one for the third week in a row with a $19M weekend. The action-thriller remained in 4,077 locations this weekend, and has grossed over $192M domestically. The Universal Pictures hit has now grossed over $1B worldwide. “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.
“How to be a Latin Lover” landed in second-place overall this weekend with a $12M opening weekend, a pretty impressive debut considering the film only opened in 1,118 locations nationwide. “How to be a Latin Lover” was directed by Ken Marino, the script was written by Chris Spain and Jon Zack. The film stars Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek and Rob Lowe.
Even more surprising was “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” an Indian film that grossed $10M across 425 locations this week. That film debuted to third-place overall, still managing to dominate “The Circle”.
At the end of the week “The Circle” only grossed $9M across 3,163 locations, only enough to debut at number-four on the domestic-charts. “The Circle” was written and directed by James Ponsoldt, working off a screenplay that he wrote with Dave Eggers. The film stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega.
“The Boss Baby,” from FOX, dropped to fifth-place overall with a $9M weekend across 3,739 locations. The animated-comedy has now grossed over $148M domestically. “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.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning was the mystery-thriller “Sleight,” which pulled-in $1.6M across 565 locations. “Sleight” was written and directed by J.D. Dillard. The film stars Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel and Dulé Hill.
As we stated earlier “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2” is expected to win the domestic box-office next weekend, but Elle Fanning’s “3 Generations” and “The Lovers” are also releasing with a limited-debut.