“The Circle” No Match for “The Fate of the Furious” Over Another Quiet Weekend at the Box Office

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The Fate of the Furious

$23 million

The Circle

 $12.4 million

The Boss Baby

$9.8 million

Beauty and the Beast

$6.5 million

How to Be a Latin Lover

$5.7 million

Even with stronger new films opening (and landing in the top five), it’s going to prove to be another lackluster three days at the domestic box office this weekend. Last weekend was around $70 million down from last year and this weekend will likely also be down, although it’s important to recall that at this time last year The Jungle Book had just opened and paced far better than what The Fate of the Furious is currently doing. For anyone keeping track, though, don’t worry — Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.2 opens next week and will give the box office a much-needed burst of life as it blows open the doors to the summer movie season.

Although The Fate of the Furious hasn’t performed nearly as well as its predecessor, at least domestically, it’s still drawing in good numbers and by the end of the weekend, will have crossed the $1 billion mark globally, the second movie of the year to do so following Beauty and the Beast. It will also approach the $200 million mark domestically as it closes in on Fast Five ($209 million) to become the third-highest film of the franchise. Worldwide, it quickly became the second-highest film of the franchise but it still seems unlikely that it will be able to top Furious 7, which made $1.5 billion when all was said and done in 2015. Ultimately, though, it’s impossible to call Fate anything other than a success for the franchise and Universal, especially as they start discussing the possibility of doing a spinoff film without Vin Diesel.

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Looking to bring new films back into the good graces — well, just okay graces, really — of the box office is the new James Ponsoldt movie, The Circle. Based on the popular book by Dave Eggers, the film stars juggernaut names like Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking up for the film. Screenings for critics were held until the last minute, which is never a good sign, and reviews for the film have started pouring in and they’re less than stellar. This movie, The Circle had a 39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. At the start of writing this article, it had dropped to 25 percent. Because of the apparent lack of faith in the film, there’s also been virtually no marketing for it, and if you add all these factors together, it spells out only a decent opening and not a long life. Luckily, the film was made for only $18 million so there’s a chance it could still turn a profit, but that will be an uphill battle.

Opening Weekend Current Gross Facebook Likes Tweets
The Fate of the Furious $98.7m $171.3m 142,941 160,969
The Circle N/A N/A 56,326 14,735
The Boss Baby $50.1m $138.8m 54,767 25,959
Beauty and the Beast $174.7m $473m N/A 132,587
How to Be a Latin Lover N/A N/A 12,914 N/A

At this point, we could all choose the next two films with our eyes closed: The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast. The former continues its quest to break into DreamWorks Animation’s top 20, which it should be able to do this weekend with ease, while the latter is poised to overtake Skyfall and enter the ranks of the top 15 of all time worldwide. Basically? Beauty and the Beast will go down as one of the best films of the year — and all time — and further Disney’s commitment to their live-action remakes given the success of them (almost always financially, and most of the time critically).

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Bringing up the rear should be the new comedy How to Be a Latin Lover, starring the likes of Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, and Kristen Bell. It’s expected to bring in between $5-7 million and provided there aren’t any big surprises, that should be enough to land it in the top five. It’s a smaller film, with no reviews yet, but it’s had a small marketing push in the recent weeks and it definitely has a core audience.

Rotten Tomatoes IMDb Metacritic
Critics Users Stars  
The Fate of the Furious 66 79  7.3  56
The Circle 25 N/A  6.1  51
The Boss Baby 53 60 6.5  50
Beauty and the Beast 71  85  7.7 65
How to Be a Latin Lover N/A  N/A N/A N/A

However, one of the surprises of the weekend could be the Indian film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The film is opening in 450 theaters, including 45 IMAX screens, which is about double the amount of theaters its predecessor, Baahubali: The Beginning opened into in 2015 when it debuted with $3.5 million. There’s a chance this sequel could dethrone both How to Be a Latin Love and Beauty and the Beast if it makes enough. It’s reportedly already brought in $3 million in pre-sales and that number should only climb over the weekend.

Finally, while the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy sequel doesn’t open Stateside until next week, it’s already started rolling out in the international markets and has brought in $6.6 million so far. Current predictions for the weekend have the film possibly reaching $100 million as it opens in 58% of the international markets. For its domestic premiere next week, it’s eyeing an opening between $130-150 million, well above what the first film made in its opening weekend ($94 million).

(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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Still quiet here.sas

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