Box Office: ‘Unforgettable’ to Get Burned by ‘Fate of the Furious’

Dwayne Johnson Fate of the Furious
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Fate of the Furious” shows no signs of slowing down.

The high-octane eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise broke box office records last weekend when it sped to $532.5 million worldwide. This weekend’s smattering of low-watt newcomers don’t show signs of earning even a tenth of “Fate’s” opening weekend $100 million domestic earnings.

The weekend’s most promising fresh prospect is “Unforgettable,” from Warner Bros., the story of a scorned ex-wife played by Katherine Heigl who pathologically torments her husband’s new mate (Rosario Dawson). The twisty, dark, psycho-sexual thriller, directed by longtime producer, but first-time feature helmer Denise Di Novi should take in about $7 million from 2,300 locations. The estimated grosses are not too, shabby off of a $12 million production budget.

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“The Promise” — set during the Armenian Genocide and centered on a love triangle made up of Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale — looks to earn a mere $5 million, compared to its $90 million production costs. The socially conscious flick from Open Road Films on behalf of Survival Pictures has pledged to donate all proceeds to philanthropy. Its backers are more interested in raising awareness than they are in making money.

The film’s politics caught the attention of a Turkish message board, similar to Reddit that sent trolls flocking to leave one-star reviews for the movie on IMDb. On the Wednesday before the film was released, “The Promise” had amassed over 120,000 reviews — a combination of haters and a reaction from supporters to rate the film highly.

Then there’s “Phoenix Forgotten,” a sci-fi horror film from Cinelou Films, and the directorial debut of Justin Barber. Centered around a real-world claim of a UFO sighting in the ’90s, the movie should earn about $2 million from 1,500 screens. Expect Disney’s “Born in China” (known colloquially as ‘the panda movie narrated by John Krasinski’) to get off a fine start — about $5 million from 1,508 locations. And finally, Ben Wheatley’s British action-comedy “Free Fire,” distributed in the U.S. by A24, aims to pick up about $3 million.

Overall, though, it’s “Fate’s” race to lose until “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” enters the picture during the first week of May. With franchise name-recognition and diverse star power including Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson (and an added bonus in Charlize Theron as an icy hacker), the action flick looks to cruise to the No. 1 position for the second weekend in a row with about $50 – $60 million domestically, leaving a pileup of newcomers in the dust.

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  1. erin says:

    There should be a rule against doing the same movie over and over again. These silly imitations of Fatal Attraction is getting ridiculous.

  2. LOL says:

    America loves crap.

  3. USA USA USA says:

    I’m​ definitely taking my mom to see “Unforgettable.”. Big- budget Lifetime or not, I really hope “Unforgettable” exceeds financial expectations.

    In fact, I’d love it if we got a whole new sleep of Blank From Hell movies. I thought thrillers like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female were really fun movie theater experiences. Especially with the right audience they were a hoot. It’s better (to me anyway) than the all the superhero and CGI toon stuff. I’m not a kid, I want stories (even/especially if they’re shamelessly lurid and trashy) about adults. Moviewise, I miss 1992. 1992 was to Blank From Hells what 1981 was to slashers.

  4. Marie says:

    Unforgettable: Another Lifetime film with a bigger budget

  5. Spider says:

    No surprise here! “Fate of the Furious”, has 2 weekends to dominate ’til the eagerly anticipated, “Guardians of the Galaxy” opens. Current tracking suggests an opening in the 150-160 million range. I really think the flick will be a bit bigger than that!…………On another note: “Unforgettable” seems pretty forgettable. Not interested in seeing Heigl at all and it’s too bad Rosario Dawson is in this, she is a cool talent…… Looks like a cool Netflix weekend to me!

  6. cadavra says:

    What was Warners thinking? Screen Gems beat this sub-“Fatal Attraction” genre to death and now they think they can revive it with one of the least-liked actresses around? Unforgettable? More like Unbelievable.

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