Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘The Fate of the Furious’ laps new films

- By Lindsey Bahr

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — “The Fate of the Furious” sped into first place at the box office again, leaving new thriller “Unforgetta­ble” and historical drama “The Promise” in the dust.

Universal Pictures’ eighth installmen­t in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise earned $38.7 million in North American theaters over the weekend, down 61 percent from its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The newcomers could not compete with the high-octane film, which had the biggest worldwide opening of all time last weekend. It has earned $908.4 million globally and is expected to cross $1 billion this week.

Holdovers dominated the charts on this quiet weekend in theaters. “The Boss Baby” took second place with $12.8 million, and “Beauty and the Beast” landed in third with $10 million.

Disney’s animal documentar­y “Born in China” opened in fourth place, with $5.1 million from 1,508 locations. The two other new movies fared worse.

Warner Bros. thriller “Unforgetta­ble,” starring Katherine Heigl as a jealous ex-wife and Rosario Dawson as the new fiancee, opened at No. 7 with just $4.8 million. Critics were tough on the film, and audiences gave it a deathly C CinemaScor­e rating.

The directoria­l debut of longtime producer Denise Di Novi cost only $12 million to make, but the meager result still disappoint­ed.Meanwhile, the historical epic “The Promise,” starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, bombed with a mere $4.1 million from 2,251 theaters.

The movie delves into the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey that many countries and most historians call genocide. Turkey still denies genocide, saying the deaths stemmed from civil unrest and war.

Estimated ticket sales (in millions) for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “The Fate of the Furious” — $38.7

2. “The Boss Baby” — $12.8

3. “Beauty and the Beast” — $10.0

4. “Born in China” — $5.1

5. “Going in Style” — $5.0

6. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” — $4.9

7. “Unforgetta­ble” — $4.8 8. “Gifted” — $4.5 9. “The Promise” — $4.1 10. “The Lost City of Z” — $2.1

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