Weekend box office: The Fate of the Furious stays on top

As expected, FATE OF THE FURIOUS made it two weeks in a row at #1, easily beating out all holdovers and newcomers.  The big news from the Fast and Furious franchise this week was the word that Universal is prepping a spinoff featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters.  Personally, I couldn’t be more excited for that since I think they’ve completely killed their current storyline.  But I might be in the minority because the franchise is still going strong.  Of course, it was helped this week by some week competition at the weekend box office.  None of the four new movies were much of a threat and struggled to even crack the top five.  The best of the bunch, FREE FIRE (click the link to read our review), didn’t even crack the top ten, but was only in about 1,000 screens.  Still, it’s a fun movie that will hopefully gain more traction on home video.

Next week is kind of an odd week.  The big release is THE CIRCLE, which has gotten zero buzz considering it featured perennial A-lister Tom Hanks and everyone’s favorite young actress Emma Watson.  It’s hard to predict how the film will perform because usually by now we have some tracking numbers or some word of mouth to analyze.  But we don’t have much for THE CIRCLE.  My guess is that it will crack the top five based on the strength of its two stars, but I don’t see it doing well enough to topple THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Fate of the Furious $37m

2. The Boss Baby $11.9m

3. Beauty and the Beast $10.1m

4. Smurfs: The Lost Village $4.8m

5. Going in Style $4.7m

6. Born in China $4.5m

7. The Promise $4.5m

8. Gifted $4.4m

9. Unforgettable $4.4m

10. The Lost City of Z $2m

(Deadline)

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