Weekend Box Office: April 21 - 23, 2017

The latest Disney nature documentary was the top newcomer of the week, but only managed a fourth place debut.

Beginning in 2009 with the wildly successful Earth, Disneynature has released a new nature documentary almost every Earth Day. The films have never been major box office draws, usually opening between $4 million and $8 million. This year's offering, Born in China, was no exception taking in $5 million.

The Fate of the Furious held the number one spot for a second weekend, adding $38 million to its current $163 million domestic haul. Four-week-old The Boss Baby stayed at number two with $12 million, and the Beauty and the Beast remake, now entering its sixth week, added $9 million to its $471 million total.

Christian Bale is certainly a bankable Hollywood figure, but once in a while even his presence can't elevate a project to profitability. The Promise proved to be one of those stumbles, starting out this weekend with a ninth place wide release but only $4 million in sales against an estimated $100 million production budget. The movie has yet to see foreign release sales, but it's a safe bet The Promise will wind up one of 2017's bigger box office sinkers.

Unforgettable didn't win the hearts and minds of critics or audiences this weekend. After a harsh panning, it opened at number seven with $4 million.

James Gray's The Lost City of Z enjoyed success in limited release last weekend, but only just made the top ten with an expansion to just over 600 locations. It took number ten with $2.1 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.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

Weekend Box Office: April 21 - 23, 2017
1. The Fate of the Furious $38,682,095 Total: $163,578,315
LW: 1
THTRS: 4,329
2. The Boss Baby $12,750,000 Total: $136,991,870
LW: 2
THTRS: 3,697
3. Beauty and the Beast (2017) $9,973,000 Total: $471,097,384
LW: 3
THTRS: 3,315
4. Born in China * $5,147,000 Total: $5,147,000
LW: N
THTRS: 1,508
5. Going in Style $5,005,000 Total: $31,765,843
LW: 5
THTRS: 3,038
6. Smurfs: The Lost Village $4,850,000 Total: $33,387,985
LW: 4
THTRS: 2,737
7. Unforgettable * $4,805,000 Total: $4,805,000
LW: N
THTRS: 2,417
8. Gifted $4,500,000 Total: $10,714,792
LW: 6
THTRS: 1,986
9. The Promise * $4,064,860 Total: $4,064,860
LW: N
THTRS: 2,251
10. The Lost City of Z $2,147,379 Total: $2,296,792
LW: 28
THTRS: 614

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