Box Office Report: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Finishes 1st, ‘The Circle’ Tanks

The Circle stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Patton Oswalt
Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and Patton Oswalt star in ‘the Circle’ (Photo Credit © 2017 STX Financing, LLC)

Apparently there was a good reason The Circle wasn’t screened for most critics. Not even the combined star power of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson could save this turkey, as ticket buyers awarded it a D+ according to CinemaScore. The critics who did take in a screening were equally disappointed in the film, with its rank on Rotten Tomatoes currently standing at just 17% fresh. The Chicago Sun-Times says it’s “one of the most crashing letdowns” of the year while the Boston Herald says “it also lacks common sense, commanding performances or surprise.”

While The Circle tanked, two less hyped new films snagged the second and third positions at the box office. The Fate of the Furious retained its lock on the top spot for the third weekend in a row, while Lionsgate’s How to Be a Latin Lover was a surprising second place finisher. Opening in just 1,118 theaters, the comedy starring Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek rang up $12 million. Great India Films’ Baahubali 2: The Conclusion edged out The Circle for third place while opening in 425 theaters compared to The Circle‘s 3,100+ theaters.

The Fate of the Furious will be saying goodbye to the #1 spot next weekend as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in theaters. The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel is eyeballing a $150 million opening weekend.

Box Office Top 10: April 28-30, 2017

  1. The Fate of the Furious – $19,389,780
  2. How to be a Latin Lover – $12,018,500
  3. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – $10,138,189
  4. The Circle – $9,320,000
  5. The Boss Baby – $9,050,000
  6. Beauty and the Beast – $6,400,000
  7. Going in Style – $3,580,000
  8. Smurfs: The Lost Village – $3,315,000
  9. Gifted – $3,300,000
  10. Unforgettable – $2,345,000