Fate Furiously Foisted to First

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Dwayne Johnson in The Fate of the Furious

A herd of cinematic newcomers stampeded into theaters this weekend, hoping to rumble their way into moviegoers hearts.

Alas for them, said moviegoers were conspicuously unmoved by all this new cinematic sound and fury and decided to watch The Fate of the Furious again.

For the second straight week, Furious punched the gas and roared to the win, banking an estimated $38.7 million en route. Its domestic gross now stands at a quite respectable $163.6 million, and that number is dwarfed by what Furious is doing overseas. In fact, the Vin Diesel-helmed flick has now banked $744.8 million outside North America, giving it a grand total of $908.4 million. Yep, sometimes a lead foot can turn into pure gold.

Two other long-in-the-tooth movies followed Furious in this weekend’s box office standings. The Boss Baby, despite having aged nearly a month in theaters, crawled to second place and stuffed another $12.8 million into its cute little mouth. Beauty and the Beast finished third with $10 million in newfound cash, even though the Disney flick’s six-week run makes it positively geriatric by Hollywood standards. You know how much six weeks is in Beast years? A lot, let me tell you.

Speaking of beasts, and Disney, Disneynature’s beautifully shot nature doc Born in China finished fourth, making it the weekend’s highest-performing new movie. The G-rated flick banked about $5.1 million, which makes it Disneynature’s highest-earning premiere since 2010’s Chimpanzee. Leave it to a giant panda or two to draw a little attention.

Going in Style, another holdover, closed out the Top Five with $5 million, shaking its cane at all the first-weekend whippersnappers below and telling them to get off its lawn.

Unforgettable was the best of the rest of those newcomers, closing out its first weekend of work with a $4.8 million seventh-place finish. The Promise, an expensive, Christian-tinged drama focusing on the Armenian Genocide circa 1915, landed in ninth place with $4.1 mil. And Phoenix Forgotten, a found-footage horror flick, collected $2 million for 11th place. Perhaps it will be retroactively renamed, for posterity’s sake, Film Forgotten.

Still, all these flicks did better than Free Fire, the feature-long gunfight that blasted its way to just $1 million and 17th place. Not all lead turns to gold, of course. Some of it just stays lead, no matter how many bullets you make of it.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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SJamison 10 months ago
You folks don't have a review for it up yet, perhaps because it's a limited release movie, but I saw and enjoyed "Your Name" over the weekend at the local art house.  It's an animated feature about a small town girl and city boy who find themselves swapping lives.  It starts out like a romantic comedy, but turns more dramatic about a third of the way in for SPOILER reasons.  The big content issue for this website's main audience, I think, is the heavy presence of Shinto in the film, not just as a Japanese cultural trapping, but as a philosophy.  There's also some mild sexual content as the Japanese have very different ideas about what is suitable for teens to see than the American ratings board.