'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office

We knew The Fate Of The Furious was going to keep doing well, so let's get that one out of the way first, because the numbers continue to be staggering: in its second weekend out in theaters, Furious 8 did $38.7 million, which gives it a domestic ten-day total now at $163.6 million! (Universal Pictures via AP) This image released by Warner Bros.

Faring the best of new releases was "Born in China", from Walt Disney Co.'s Disneynature brand, which eked out a fourth place finish ahead of

The directorial debut of Denise Di Novi stars Katherine Heigl as a scorned ex-wife, and Rosario Dawson as a woman who is newly engaged to the same man.

Its second-weekend success might also have had something to do with the competition.

Directly addressing the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire starting in 1915, the film starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale from "Hotel Rwanda" director Terry George didn't generate enough buzz among theater patrons - even with the endorsement of socialite Kim Kardashian West. The pic was fully financed by the late Kirk Kerkorian, who was of Armenian descent. The film earned $9.9 million at the box office this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $471 million. "And looking at the amount of conversation.it's undeniable that there's been more focus and attention in the past two weeks than the past hundred years since the atrocity took place".




Back in the U.S., The Boss Baby placed No. 3 with $12.8 million for a domestic cume of $137 million and $358.1 million worldwide, followed by Beauty and the Beast with $10 million for a global total of $1.1 billion.

Open Road's "The Promise" pulled in $4.1 million, a lousy opening considering its price tag of at least $90 million.

British helmer Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, a send-up of vintage action movies, grossed $1 million from 1,070 theaters for indie distributor A24.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third place again with an estimated 9.97 million USA dollars. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" should hold onto third with $10 million from 3,315 theaters. The heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin is targeting an older demo, and saw only a 20% decline in ticket sales from its second to third weekend. Let's take a look at five weekends that will feature some head-to-head battles at the movies.

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