'How to Be a Latin Lover' opens big as 'Fate of the Furious' crosses $1 billion worldwide

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Let’s pour out a Corona for The Fate of the Furious, which—as expected—held onto the top spot at the box office for the third consecutive weekend. Domestically, its $19.3 million weekend gross brings its total to $192.7 million, making it the third highest-grossing movie of 2017 so far. Worldwide, Fate is now the second film to cross the billion dollar mark, after Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

But “a Fast and Furious movie earns a boatload of money” isn’t exactly a surprise at this point in time. The big story belongs to How to Be a Latin Lover ($12 million) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion ($10.1 million), which were the second- and third-highest grossing films of the weekend despite opening on only 1,118 and 425 screens, respectively. Compare that the fourth place finisher The Circle, which despite the presence of a critically acclaimed director (James Ponsoldt) and A-list stars (Tom Hanks, Emma Watson) could only pull in $9.3 million on 3,163 screens—more than twice Latin Lover and Baahubali’s 2 combined screen count. (The Circle's abysmal reviews surely didn't help.) Latin Lover’s opening is the highest ever for distributor Pantelion, Lionsgate’s Latino-focused partner. Baahubali 2, meanwhile, marks the highest ever opening for an Indian film in the US. With Latin Lover and Baahubali 2 overperforming and The Circle underperforming, it was left to The Boss Baby to round out the top five with $9 million in its fifth weekend.

No limited release was able to get close to Baahubali 2’s whopping $23,855 per-theatre average, but BH Tilt and WWE Films’ Sleight did well for itself with $1.6 million on 565 screens. Also new to theatres in limited release were Battle of Memories ($210,000 on 42 screens), One Week and a Day ($9,500 on three screens), Buster’s Mal Heart ($7,800 on one screen) and Bang! The Bert Berns Story ($4,227 on one screen).