Fast 8 continues box office romp with 38 million with 900 million topped worldwide; Lionsgate to debut the My Little Pony Movie October 6th; DreamWorks’ Spirit: Riding Free gallops to Netflix May 5th


Dominick continues to defend his family. Gene Scallop here with this week’s box office report. Fast 8 is still rolling after notching its best open this month with 164 million smackers. This week, worldwide numbers increased again with 900 million smackers giving the flick a comfortable 38 million lead. Let’s see why these worldwide numbers are still zooming:


The top of this weekend’s box office looks a lot like last weekend as the top three films remain the same, once again headlined by The Fate of the Furious as it closes in on $1 billion worldwide. As for the weekend’s new releases, Disney’s Born in China topped the list with the best start for a Disneynature title since the $10.6 million opening for 2012’s Chimpanzee. Otherwise, WB’s Unforgettable, Open Road’s The Promise, Cinelou’s Phoenix Forgotten and A24’s Free Fire all under-performed.

At #1 for a second weekend in a row is Universal’s The Fate of the Furious, which performed mostly as expected, dropping 61% in its second weekend and bringing in an estimated $38.6 million as its domestic cume now climbs to $163.6 million. Internationally, the film continued its impressive overseas run bringing in an estimated $163.4 million from 65 territories as its overseas total balloons to $744.8 million for a global cume that stands at $908.4 million. The film will cross $1 billion worldwide later this week and it will be making its debut in Japan on April 28.

And just as this weekend saw a repeat at #1, the same goes for second and third with Fox’s The Boss Baby and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast delivering estimated $12.75 million and $9.97 million weekends respectively. Both are strong performances with Boss Baby only dropping 20% as its cume closes in on $140 million domestically. Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast dipped only 28% as its cume is now over $471 million domestically.

Overseas, Beauty and the Beast debuted in its final international market, Japan, where it opened at #1 with an estimated $12.8 million as the film enjoyed an estimated $22.9 million weekend internationally bringing its international total to $629.2 million for a worldwide cume that stands at $1.1 billion.

Moving along, Disney also took the fourth slot at the weekend box office with the latest Disneynature release, Born in China, which managed to deliver an estimated $5.1 million from 1,508 theaters. This is an improvement over the last two Disneynature openings—Monkey Kingdom ($4.6m) and Bears ($4.8m)—and the film received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

Rounding out the top five is WB’s Going in Style, which also dropped only 20% and brought in an estimated $5 million as its cume now totals $31.7 million.

In sixth was Smurfs: The Lost Village, which brought in an estimated $4.5 million as its domestic cume now stands at $33.3 million. Internationally, the latest Smurfs feature has now crossed $100 million overseas after opening in China this weekend with an estimated $11.1 million.

We don’t get to the next new release until the seventh slot as Warner’s Unforgettable will clearly soon be forgotten as the film could only manage an estimated $4.8 million from 2,417 theaters, well below our forecast and pre-release industry expectations. While critics weren’t too enamored with the film—it scored a 45 on Metacritic—opening day audiences weren’t too impressed either as the film received a “C” CinemaScore.

In eighth is Fox Searchlight’s expanded release of Gifted, which delivered a solid $4.5 million weekend as it expanded into 1,986 theaters (+840). The film seems to have found some traction after something of a moderate start, whether that leads to Searchlight to shift plans and expand further remains to be seen.

Ninth place belongs to Open Road’s The Promise, which opened with just $4 million from 2,251 theaters. Reports have pegged the production budget for this one at $90 million and the film wasn’t without its own share of controversy leading up to release as was noted in a Washington Post article discussing the project with director Terry George including the film’s subject matter and the more than 120,000 ratings on IMDb in advance of the release, which we referenced in our weekend forecast.

Rounding out the top ten is Bleecker Street’s expanded release of The Lost City of Z. After opening in four theaters last weekend the film expanded to 641 locations and brought in an estimated $2.1 million for a strong, $3,497 per theater average.

Finishing just outside the top ten is Cinelou’s Phoenix Forgotten, which opened in 1,592 theaters with an estimated $2 million and just behind it is Universal’s Get Out, which brought in an estimated $1.7 million to start its ninth week in release as the domestic cume for the $4.5 million budgeted feature has now topped $170 million.

Much further down the list we find A24’s new release Free Fire, which failed to capture audience attention, finishing with an estimated $1.03 million from 1,070 theaters.

In limited release, IFC’s Citizen Jane opened in two theaters in New York, bringing in an estimated $33,760 ($16,880 PTA) and will open in Los Angeles next week, followed by a rollout into the top fifteen markets throughout May. Additionally, The Orchard’s Jeremiah Tower also debuted in two theaters, bringing in an estimated $24,068 ($12,034 PTA).

Overall, the weekend was down 40% compared to last week as the top twelve couldn’t combine for more than $100 million for only the second time this year.

Next weekend sees the release of STX’s The Circle starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, Pantelion’s How to be a Latin Lover starring Eugenio Derbez and the next potential Blumhouse breakout feature, Sleight, a sci-fi actioner starring Jacob Latimore that played at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

To recap, Fast 8 zooms quickly to record territory 1st, The Boss Baby stays alive in 2nd, Beauty and the Beast 2017 dances in 3rd Born in China delivers in 4th, and Going in Style has some oomph in 5th.

Last month, we previewed The My Little Pony Movie where the Mane 6 unexpectedly added a TV favorite to the cast. Lionsgate got to work on that immediately. 2 weeks later, the studio revealed the plot as well as an official release date. When will fans see the Mane 6 this year Danny?

Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)-As is fitting in the online age, Lionsgate Entertainment has released a first-look clip and movie poster for My Little Pony: The Movie via the film’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Directed by Jayson Thiessen from a screenplay written by Megan McCarthy, My Little Pony: The Movie features an all-star voice cast with Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana, with an original song performed by Sia.

Andrea Libman, Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain and Cathy Weseluck — the voice actors behind the “Mane 6” from Hasbro’s massively popular MLP: Friendship is Magic series — also return to voice their roles.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 (Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity) embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home.



My Little Pony: The Movie trots into theaters on October 6.



Remember DreamWorks’ Sprit: Stallion of the Cimarron from 2003? If you do, DreamWorks has got big news. The newest series continues where the flick left off as Spirit, the powerful mustang, finds new horse friends along with a new rider that will lead to a new journey destined to ride free, hence the new title. Who’s going to ride Spirit for the new series Dan?


Dan Barry (via Animation World)- The Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron introduced the world to a resilient mustang named Spirit, and now it’s inspired a brand new story set to enchant the next generation of fans in Spirit Riding Free, a Netflix original series from DreamWorks Animation Television, debuting exclusively May 5.


Spirit Riding Free follows the heartfelt journey of a gutsy 12-year-old girl named Lucky who befriends a wild mustang whom she aptly names Spirit. With her two best friends (and their horses) by her side, Lucky and her friends explore a world filled with endless rides, magnificent horses and never ending fun! Together they’ll push their own limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it truly means to be free.


The voice cast includes Amber Frank as “Lucky,” Sydney Park as “Pru,” Bailey Gambertoglio as “Abigail, Darcy Rose Byrnes as “Maricela,” Nolan North as “Jim” and Kari Wahlgreen as “Aunt Cora.”


On TV this week, don’t miss 5 brand new episodes each of Adventure Time and We Bare Bears, as Finn, Jake, Panda, Grizz, and Ice bring on new encounters ahead as the CN alliance prepares to send off another team to make room for more teams to fill in since we found out last week Clarence is leaving the network next year with a few episodes to go for Uncle Grandpa and Adventure Time. And speaking of departing TV teams…


The excitement continues in May with more surprises than ever. As old cartoons such as Clarence and Uncle Grandpa leaving the CN alliance, we ask ourselves who’ll step in to fill the shoes for Mordecai and the Park Boys and as of last week Clarence? All of these answers will be revealed soon. So as we conclude this week in April, this is Gene Scallop saying, see you next edition on Gene Scallop’s box office report!

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