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Fast & Furious 8 holds US top spot as The Promise and Unforgettable flounder

Fast & Furious 8

Story by Jack Foley

UNIVERSAL’S Fast & Furious 8 has left its competitors eating dirt at the US box office, comfortably winning the race for top spot with a cool $38.7 million in its second weekend.

The film, starring Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron, now boasts a 10-day US total of $163.6 million and a whopping global haul of $908.4 million.

The film is doing massive business internationally, earning another $163.4 million for a foreign total of $744.8 million — led by China with a massive $318 million.

Back in the US, animated title The Boss Baby held onto second spot with $12.3 million, bringing its US total to $137 million and world-wide haul to $358.1 million.

And Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast also continued to perform strongly, with $10 million for a global total of $1.1 billion.

Disney also claimed fourth spot with its nature documentary Born in China, which earned $5.1 million and came in ahead of other, higher profile new films.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, was the Michael Caine/Morgan Freeman-starring heist caper Going In Style, which took $5 million for a US haul of $31.8 million.

While holdover titles performed well, however, the news was miserable for new releases. Armenian genocide drama The Promise, directed by Terry George and starring Christian Bale alongside Oscar Isaac, limped to $4.1 million despite costing $100 million to produce.

However, the creative team behind it feel that the film’s message has come across during the film’s promotional tour, with awareness having been raised about the Armenian genocide. They also point out that a $20 million donation will help create The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law.

The Katherine Heigl comeback thriller Unforgettable, meanwhile, mustered a mere $4.8 million from 2,417 locations, marking a career worst for Heigl for a nationwide opening.

The film, co-starring Rosario Dawson, stars Heigl as a jilted woman whose jealousy of her ex-husband’s new wife turns pathological. It placed only seventh.

Two more releases also disappointed. British director Ben Wheatley’s action-comedy Free Fire grossed $1 million and placed 18th at the US box office, despite the presence of Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor.

While sci-fi thriller Phoenix Forgotten placed 11th with $2 million. The film tells the story of three teenagers who disappear after trying to solve the mystery behind the 1997 UFO phenomenon knows as the Phoenix Lights.

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