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

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Its domestic total now stands at $163.6 million.

"The film has been an absolute monster internationally where it has truly become a box office phenomenon as it approaches the one billion USA dollars mark worldwide after just two weeks in theaters", comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Xinhua.

Universal's The Fate of the Furious left the competition in the dust at the North American box office, grossing $38.7 million in its second weekend for a 10-day domestic total of $163.6 million and $908.4 million globally. The R-rated drama, which stars Katherine Heigl as the ex-wife of the man Rosario Dawson's character is engaged to, performed poorly, only earning an estimated $4.8 million following and failing to leave a mark on audiences, who gave it a C on CinemaScore.

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"The Promise", too, couldn't follow through, despite a social media push from stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, the Kardashian sisters and Cher. Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale make up the central love triangle in the movie directed by Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda"). The pic was fully financed by the late Kirk Kerkorian, who was of Armenian descent. The movie, from Open Road Films on behalf of Survival Pictures, looks to round out the weekend with about $4.1 million from 2,251 locations ― barely cracking the top ten for the weekend. The film earned $9.9 million at the box office this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $471 million. The $100 million movie is projected to earn $1.5 million-$2 million Friday from 2,251 theaters for a $4 million-$5 million launch.

Cinelou's "Phoenix Forgotten" opened at 1,592 theaters to an estimated $2 million this weekend.

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. The Boss Baby is expected to earn $13 million over its third box office weekend, bringing its box office total to $137 million. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" should hold onto third with $10 million from 3,315 theaters. "ORCRP0000017183-topic.html" class="local_link" >Warner Bros.' holdover "Going in Style" with $5 million. Let's take a look at five weekends that will feature some head-to-head battles at the movies.

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