“Fate of the Furious” to Race Past $100 Million as “Beauty and the Beast” Crosses $1 Billion

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The Fate of the Furious

$120 million

The Boss Baby

 $15.4 million

Beauty and the Beast

$13.7 million

Smurfs: The Lost Village

$7.5 million

Going in Style

$7 million

Cars will be the real heroes at the box office this weekend, as the eighth installment of The Fast & the Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, is expected to leave its competitors in the dust. Estimates have the film opening to around $110 million but given the surprises and strong weekends 2017 has seen so far, it will be more likely that the film will open higher. The franchise has also risen immensely in popularity, ensuring that plenty of people will want to make it to the theaters to see the latest outing of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and more doing incredible and ridiculous stunts in very fast cars.

Still, despite Fate‘s, well, fate, to dominate the box office, it won’t break Beauty and the Beast‘s 2017 opening record of $174 million nor will it surpass its predecessor’s opening. Furious 7, which opened in April of 2015, made an astonishing $147 million in its first weekend, the highest of any film in the franchise. There are a few reasons for this discrepancy in the franchise, which, up until this point, had seen each subsequent film opening higher than the one before it (with the exception of Tokyo Drift, but that one doesn’t really count). The first reason is that Furious 7 was Paul Walker’s last film before his death in a tragic car accident, which created a lot of buzz around the film and gave audiences a more emotional reason to see it opening weekend. Another reason is the simple fact that Furious 7 received better reviews than this new film is getting and that can sway an audience.

fate-furious-bannerUniversal Pictures

There’s also the matter of this weekend being Easter weekend. Normally, Easter isn’t a holiday that affects box office too much, but only two films have made more than $100 million when opening on Easter weekend — last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the aforementioned Furious 7 the year before. The holiday could keep some movie-goers away, especially for the holdover films, but ultimately shouldn’t affect Fate too much in becoming not only the third movie to cross $100 million on this holiday weekend, but also the second movie in the Fast & Furious franchise to do so.

Opening Weekend Current Gross Facebook Likes Tweets
The Fate of the Furious N/A N/A 60,470,474 150,439
The Boss Baby $50.1m $97.7m N/A 39,009
Beauty and the Beast $174.7m $438.3m N/A 129,407
Smurfs: The Lost Village $13.2m $16.9m N/A 38,787
Going in Style $11.9m $15.9m N/A N/A

Next up will be two neck-and-neck races, the first between The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast and the second between Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style, however, it’s the latter which has more potential for an upset. The two family films, which have been leading the box office pack the last several weeks, will continue to bring in good numbers this weekend, as both eye a drop less than 50 percent. The Boss Baby, just $3 million shy of $100 million domestically, and at $220 million globally, will get ever close to breaking into DreamWorks Animation’s top 20, unless it happens to peter out over the next few weeks.

Beauty and the BeastWalt Disney Pictures

Beauty and the Beast, meanwhile, finally crossed that coveted $1 billion mark this week, the first film of 2017 to do. It’s a triumph for Disney as it’s their fourteenth film to do so and is currently the twenty-ninth highest grossing film worldwide of all time and will only continue to rise until its time is up in the theaters. The accomplishment isn’t surprising, not given the popularity of the film and the fact that it’s been expected to break $1 billion all along, but that doesn’t take away from the triumph. After all, $1 billion is nothing to gawk at. Domestically, the film has made $438 million and should reach $450 million by the end of the weekend. It’s currently the sixth-highest film at the studio domestically and with just about $20 million more so, which it should easily be able to reach in two weeks, it will knock Avengers: Age of Ultron out of its spot as the fifth-highest film.

Rotten Tomatoes IMDb Metacritic
Critics Users Stars  
The Fate of the Furious 63 N/A  7.5  60
The Boss Baby 52 61  6.4  50
Beauty and the Beast 71 85 7.8  65
Smurfs: The Lost Village 39  71  5.8 40
Going in Style 46  64 6.8 50

Finally, the third Smurfs movie will facing off against the remake of Going in Style with Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin. This battle could go either way, especially given how both films opened last weekend, the former a little more tepidly than expected and the latter much stronger than expected. Still, despite Going in Style‘s comparatively strong opening, Smurfs still has the added bonus of being an animated family film on its side. It could be easy to say that Going in Style will win because it’s made a little more since its opening than Smurfs has but that’s because Going in Style reaches an audience that sees movies during the week, whereas family films do best on weekends when kids are out of school.

(Sources: boxoffice.com, boxofficemojo.com, rottentomatoes.com, imdb.com, metacritic.com. Tweets and Likes represent figures for this week only. Figures represent numbers at time of writing, and may have changed. Tracking Board does not report Rotten Tomatoes user ratings for movies that have not yet seen wide release.)

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