Weekend Box-office commentary by Paul Dergarabedian:
May 15 (comSocre) Disney/Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” takes home the first place win once again as it tops the charts for the second straight frame taking in a solid $63 million this weekend and has earned an impressive $246.2 million in North America through Sunday. The film posted another strong $100M+ global weekend of $115.2 million, taking its global cume to date to $630.6 million.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Fox’s R-rated comedy “Snatched” starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, launched in 3,501 theaters and earned $17.5 million. The mother/daughter buddy comedy adventure is directed by Jonathan Levine (“The Night Before,” “50/50”) and also stars Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack & Christopher Meloni.
Also making its debut with $14.7 million from Warner Bros.’ is director Guy Ritchie’s hyper-kinetic, edgy “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword,” starring Charlie Hunnam. The period action-adventure takes on the Excalibur myth in bold fashion and also stars Jude Law & Eric Bana. According to Warner Bros., the film had solid openings internationally, generating an estimated $29.1 million from roughly 18,000 screens this weekend from 51 markets in release for $43.8 million globally.
In fourth place, Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the popular franchise, in its fifth weekend earned $5.3 million in North America brining its total to $215.035 million through Sunday. According to Universal, with $1.193 billion, “F8” passed The Minions ($1.16B) this week and is now the 11th highest grossing film of all time worldwide. It is closing in on Iron Man 3 ($1.215B) to enter the Top 10 worldwide box office.
Rounding out the Top 5, Fox’s “The Boss Baby,” earning $4.6 million in its seventh weekend against another small 23% drop. The PG-rated animated family film featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Tobey Maguire & Steve Buscemi has earned $162.4 million in North America after 45 days in theaters.
In sixth place, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continues to be a box office juggernaut with a $3.86 million ninth weekend performance as it rides a wave of continued audience support for a 59-day total of $493.2 million. This weekend, the film earned $7.5 million internationally for a global weekend total (combined with N. Am.) of $11.4 million and has now earned $1,206.5 million total to date globally.
In seventh place in its third weekend, international superstar Eugenio Derbez in Lionsgate’s release of “How To Be A Latin Lover" earns $3.75 million for the weekend and $26.143 million after just 17 days in theaters. The PG-13 comedy also stars Salma Hayek and Rob Lowe and is the latest film after the massive success of “Instructions Not Included” to feature Derbez.
In a terrific eighth place debut performance in just 295 locations, OTL’s “Lowriders” earned an impressive $2.4 million for a solid per-theater average of $8,180. The PG-13 rated drama directed by Ricardo de Montreuilset is set against the backdrop of the East Los Angeles car culture and stars Demian Bichir, Eva Longoria, Melissa Benoist, Tony Revolori, Theo Rossi & Gabriel Chavarria.
In other box office news, Fathom Events impresses once again as their “Met Opera: Der Rosenkavalier” earns a whopping $1.7 million in 900 locations.
Roadside Attractions R-rated action war drama “The Wall” starring John Cena & Aaron Taylor-Johnson opened in 541 locations earning $891,590. The film follows the story of two American soldiers that are pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them.
The Orchard’s release of “The Dinner” starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney in its second weekend earned $245,864 in 429 locations and has earned $1,152,318 to date.
A24’s “The Lovers” in its second weekend added 19 theaters for a total of 23, earning $140,553 for a strong per-theater average of $6,111 and a total through Sunday of $229,375. The film, by Azazel Jacobs, marks the return of Debra Winger in a leading role alongside her co-star Tracy Letts.
YTD BO = 2.6%
Here is weekend collection report from comScore: