|Film||Weekend||Opening Weekend||Current Gross|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||$63m||$146.5m||$246.2m|
|King Arthur: Legend of the Sword||$14.7m||$14.7m||$14.7m|
|The Fate of the Furious||$5.3m||$98.7m||$215m|
|The Boss Baby||$4.6m||$50.1m||$162.4m|
There were no huge surprises at the box office this weekend as Marvel Studios continued to dominate with its space opera sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As for newcomers Snatched and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, they made little impact with their debuts as they underperformed and raked in less money at the box office than expected.
This weekend, Guardians managed to make $63 million, landing $1 million less than forecasted. It’s a 57 percent drop off from last weekend, but it is still fairly good for the Marvel franchise. This brings its total gross to $246.2 million since its release on May 5. It’s on track to outdo the first installment of the franchise which grossed $333.2 million domestic and $773.4 million worldwide. It’s no wonder that they are already planning a third installment.
Amy Schumer’s comedy Snatched had hopes of duplicating Trainwreck success and with Goldie Hawn’s return to the big screen since 2002’s The Banger Sisters, it seemed like it would be a blockbuster mother-daughter comedy. Unfortunately, even with its Mother’s Day weekend release, the action-comedy underperformed. Forecasted to bring in $21 million, the movie only brought in $17.5 million. This pales in comparison to the Trainwreck, which earned $30 million on its opening weekend.
Snatched was not a flop compared to the Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword starring Charlie Hunnam. The Sherlock Holmes director’s iteration of the Arthurian legend was already expected to underperform with a generous forecast of $20 million. Unfortunately, the movie entered the pre-summer box office with a flaccid sword, earning only $14.7 million. With a budget of $175 million, it might be safe to say it is the first box office blockbuster bomb of the summer.
Coming in fourth at the box office this weekend is The Fate of the Furious, bringing in $5.3 million, a 38 percent drop from last week. Despite the drop, the latest installment of the high-octane action franchise continues to prove that it still has plenty of gas left in its tank. It has brought in a whopping $215 million domestically since its release. Worldwide, it has earned $1.2 billion at the box office. The sequel is on rack to surpass its predecessor Furious 7, which earned $353 million domestically and $1.5 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top five is The Boss Baby, which is still maintaining an audience since its March 31 release date. Fox’s animated comedy starring Alec Baldwin added $4.6 million to its $162.4 million gross.
Next weekend, Guardians may have some box office competition with Alien: Covenant, another space adventure. The R-rated sci-fi thriller brings something new to the box office, which has been very family-friendly as of late — and fans of the Alien franchise may come in droves to see some chest-bursting action. Other new entries next week include the adaptation of the YA novel Everything, Everything as well as Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, both of which can crack the top 5. In any case, we probably will see Guardians and Fate of the Furious back on the charts next week — but don’t hold your breath for Snatched or King Arthur.
(Source: boxoffice.com, boxofficemojo.com. Figures represent numbers at time of writing, and may have changed.)
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer