Weekend Box Office: ‘The Circle’ Bombs; ‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Wows; ‘Fate Of The Furious’ Remains Number One


In a stunning twist, How to Be a Latin Lover is handily beating The Circle at the North American box office, although no new film will be able to run The Fate of the Furious off the road. Fate of the Furious will stay atop the chart in its third weekend with an estimated $18.5 million for a domestic total of $192 million through Sunday and more than $1 billion globally. The action pic grossed $5.1 million Friday.the_circle_still_tom_hanks_and_emma_watson_-_publicity_-_h_20172

How to Be a Latin Lover followed with a Friday haul of $3.9 million from 1,000 locations for a projected $12 million weekend, well ahead of expectations. The comedy stars popular Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez opposite Salma Hayek and is from Pantelion Films, a joint venture of Lionsgate and Televisa.


Derbez, whose 2013 film Instructions Not Included was a sleeper hit, boasts a devoted fan base. The film follows Derbez as a man who made a career of seducing rich older women who finds himself dumped after 25 years of marriage and must move in with his estranged sister. Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro, Raquel Welch and Rob Riggle also star in the film, which earned an A CinemaScore.


Directed by James Ponsoldt, The Circle opened in many ore theaters,  but is getting skewered by a rare D+ CinemaScore. The $18 million movie, starring Beauty and the Beast‘s Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, earned a meager $3.2 million Friday from 3,163 theaters for a $9 million debut.


The Circle, from EuropaCorp, is set in the near future at a tech company called The Circle, where a new employee (Watson) uncovers a dark agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and society at large. It debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday. EuropaCorp acquired the project for $8 million from producers Parkes+MacDonald and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, with STX handling domestic distribution duties.


Like How to Be Latin Lover, Indian pic Baahubali: The Connection is also impressing despite smaller footprint.  The sequel to the 2015 blockbuster even beat The Circle Friday with $4.5 million from 450 theaters. For the weekend, it is expected to come in at $8.5 million.


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