Box Office: “Latin Lover,” Indian blockbuster stir up movie melting pot


Yes, we have one more weekend of “The Fate of the Furious” owning the box office. Another $18 million or so, based on Friday night’s numbers. A big take for this one, especially overseas. Not as big as the last one, and as talk of The Rock/Statham spinning off, well…

Next weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” is eating everybody’s lunch, so make it while you can, kids.

“The Circle,” a Tom Hanks/Emma Watson thriller about the threat of big data gobbling social media companies, is managing a respectable $9 million, despite not being previewed for critics and getting pretty bad reviews the moment we started to get around to it.  Abandoning your picture is no way to build buzz for it.

But the story this weekend is the Spanish language comedy “How to be a Latin Lover,” another Mexican import starring the high wattage Mexican comic Eugenio Derbez.the high wattage Mexican comic Eugenio Derbez. It’s roaring in at well over $11 million.

And more surprising still, theaters that book Indian films finally have a blockbuster on their hands. “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” is the sequel to a 2015 Tegulu fantasy-action smash and got enough screens to manage over $8 million, perhaps hitting $9 million if Sat and Sunday hold up.

So yeah, pander to the huge Chinese market all you want, Hollywood. Domestically, there’s big money in immigrant audiences, especially the ever-underserved Latin and Indian filmgoers. There’s money in subtitles.

“Sleight” is doing decent money on 500 screens.

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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