'The Fate of the Furious' closes in on $1 billion, 'Born in China' tops newcomers

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It was deja vu all over again at the weekend box office, as the top three films—The Fate of the Furious, The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast—held their positions from the weekend prior. The Fate of the Furious brought in $38.6 million, bringing its domestic cume to $163.5 million after 10 days. Worldwide, Fate is sitting pretty at $908.3 million, with release in Japan—where the Fast and Furious historically does well—still forthcoming. The film is expected to become the second 2017 release to hit the $1 billion mark later this week. The first, Beauty and the Beast, is closing in on $500 million domestically after six weeks in theatres.

Coming in at spot number four was the weekend’s highest-earning new release, Born in China. Its $5.1 million opening slots it right in between previous Disneynature Earth Day docs Bears ($4.7 million) and African Cats ($6 million); those films went on to earn $17.7 million and $15.4 million, respectively. Rounding out the top five is Going in Style with $5 million.

Landing outside the top five at spot number seven was the Warner Bros. thriller Unforgettable, which proved anything but with a paltry $4.8 debut on 2,417 screens. Faring even worse than that—$4 million on 2,251 screens—was Armenian genocide historical drama The Promise, starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. Wrapping up this weekend’s slate of new wide releases were Phoenix Forgotten and Free Fire, which also underperformed to the tune of $2 million on 1,592 screens and $1 million on 1,070 screens, respectively.

New docs Citizen Jane: Battle for the City and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent had better go of things, earning $33,760 (Jane) and $24,068 (Jeremiah) on a pair of screens each. That gives the docs the first and second highest per-theatre averages of the weekend.