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

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The Fate of the Furious ran at full throttle for a second weekend, raking in US$38.7 million (RM170.24 million) to head North American box-office profits with a total of US$163.6, industry analysts estimated yesterday.

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 Fate of the Furious has now crossed the $900 million mark worldwide and currently stands at $908.4 million.

But slipping domestic earnings (and lower USA grosses than "Furious 7", which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus "Fate's" current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie's global appeal. The film made nearly $10 million this weekend and has made over $1.1 billion globally to date.

Disney's animal documentary "Born in China" opened in fourth place, with $5.1 million from 1,508 locations.

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"Unfortunately, the movie just missed the intended audience", said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.' president of domestic distribution. Pictures shows Rosario Dawson, left, and Katherine Heigl in a scene from, "Unforgettable".

The same can't be said for Armenian genocide drama The Promise, directed by Terry George and starring Christian Bale alongside Oscar Isaac. At least the Heigl movie had a low production budget ( about $12 million) to minimize losses. The two other new movies fared worse. Narrated by John Krasinski, the docu earned more than previous films "Monkey Kingdom" ($4.6 Million) and "Bears" ($4.8 Million), and is the highest grossing Disneynature opening since 2012's Chimpanzee ($10.7 million).

Celebrities from Kim Kardashian West to Cher promoted the film on social media.

The seventh installment, which functioned as a sort of memorial for the late franchise actor Paul Walker who died in 2013, pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends.

Holding onto the No. 2 spot for the second week in a row is "The Boss Baby" with an estimated $12.7 million. That was slightly better than newcomer Phoenix Forgotten, a $3 million horror flick that manages $2 million on its opening weekend for an eleventh place launch. The buddy comedy "Going in Style", starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, is chugging along after three weeks in theaters, taking fifth place with $5 million.

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