Box Office: “Furious” finds over $35, newcomers can’t clear $5

boxA big Friday translates to another big weekend for “The Fate of the Furious,” which is falling off on the low end of projections (63%) and headed towards a $37 million weekend, if Saturday and Sunday add up.

But “Unforgettable,” “The Promise,” Disneynature’s “Born in China” and “The Lost City of Z” will have to have big Saturdays if any of them are going to clear $5 million, much less $10 million. Surprised the kids’ nature documentary isn’t doing better, and this really is the end for Katherine Heigl if audiences won’t show up to hiss her villainy. But there it is.

MGM’s late owner Kirk Kerkorian dreamed of getting an epic treatment of the Armenian genocide on the screen, and landed a decent director, an Oscar winner and an Oscar nominee or two in the cast for “The Promise.” But nobody’s showing up.

“The Lost City of Z” was envisioned as a Brad Pitt project, but he ended up only taking a producer credit. It got the best reviews of the weekend, but Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, a surprisingly good Robert Pattinson and the new Spider-Man aren’t box office draws. Under $2 million for that one.

“Boss Baby” is closing in on $150 million, “Beauty and the Beast” will be close to $500 million domestic when it loses its screens to summer fare.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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