Fate of the Furious Crosses $900M Globally; Unforgettable and The Promise Bomb

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Although the eighth installment in Universal Studio's "Fast and Furious" series - starring megastars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - shattered records during its opening last weekend with global revenues of more than a half-billion dollars, its North American take so far has come in below that of "Furious 7", which earned $250 million over its first two weekends.

The Fate of the Furious has now crossed the $900 million mark worldwide and currently stands at $908.4 million.

The second and third box office spots went to holdovers: Fox's "Boss Baby" brought in $12.8 million in its fourth week for a gross to date of $137 million while Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" added $10 million to its coffers for a total domestic tally of $471.1 million in six weeks. The $100 million movie is projected to earn $1.5 million-$2 million Friday from 2,251 theaters for a $4 million-$5 million launch. Combined with the $9.4 million it earned in China past year, the John Krasinski-narrated, China-set nature documentary is set to take in an estimated $14.6 million worldwide. The Zach Braff-directed update of the 1979 heist comedy ends this weekend with an estimated domestic total of $31.8 million.

And if "Beauty" can stay in the top three one more week, Emma Watson may have two films to brag about.

About the cute pandas and snow leopards from the wilderness of the world's second-largest box-office market, the flick was a favorite with moviegoers who gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third place again with an estimated 9.97 million USA dollars.

Both major releases in the last weekend of May will rely on star power.

While Unforgettable's financial exposure is limited, the same can't be said for director Terry George's Armenian genocide drama The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac.

DreamWorks Animation and Fox's "The Boss Baby" was on track to be second place again, bringing in an estimated 12.75 million USA dollars in its fourth weekend to push its gross earning to 136.99 million US dollars in North America. The film was also poorly received critically, getting a 24 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a woeful C- on CinemaScore.

Cinelou's "Phoenix Forgotten" opened at 1,592 theaters to an estimated $2 million this weekend.

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