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

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Following its record-breaking debut last week, the adrenaline-fueled vehicle flick (and the eighth installment in the popular Universal action series) pulled in an estimated $38.7 million at the domestic box office, still managing to secure a first place finish despite the (expected) 61 percent drop in earnings - and marking yet another significant decrease in the franchise: Furious 7 earned $73 million in its second week alone.

The eighth installment in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise continues its record-smashing run around the world with an worldwide weekend estimate of 163.4 million US dollars in 65 territories.

The new competition didn't stand a chance against the high-octane film, which had the biggest worldwide opening of all time last weekend.

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.

"Unfortunately, the movie just missed the intended audience", said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.' president of domestic distribution.

And if "Beauty" can stay in the top three one more week, Emma Watson may have two films to brag about.

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A little further down in the top 10 is Denise Di Novi's directorial debut Unforgettable. 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.

The Armenian genocide drama "The Promise", with Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, took ninth place with $4.1 million. Turkey still denies genocide, saying the deaths stemmed from civil unrest and war.

"The Fate of the Furious" is racing to defend its title at the top of the box office, while a number of new releases including "The Promise" and "Unforgettable" are being left in the dust. However, as noted in social media posts by celebrities of Armenian descent like Cher and Kim Kardashian, one of the major goals of the film was to raise awareness of the issue rather than earn a profit.

"It was a tough weekend in general for the newcomers", Dergarabedian said, noting that many moviegoers are likely saving up for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", which hits theaters May 5.

"Fate" brought in an estimated $38.7 million in the USA and Canada, falling below analyst expectations of $45 million to $50 million.

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