It is in fact no longer news that ‘The Circle’ which debuted last Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival, did not meet the expectations of so many and it was revealed that it has a relatively inexpensive $18 million budget. But we have decided to take a look at other movies that knocked off ‘The Circle’ such as “The Fate of the Furious”.
On the box office,” The Fate of the Furious” has hit its third straight box office rate with $18.5 million at 4,077 North American sites this weekend, which automatically doubles the debuting of Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle.”
“The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in Universal’s sturdy “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, has dominated the domestic box office for the past two weeks and the ensemble actioner, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Charlize Theron, should wind up the weekend with nearly $192 million in its first 17 days.
According to Saturday estimates Pantelion’s romantic comedy “How to be a Latin Lover” debuted with $12 million at only 1,118 venues, while Great India Films’ launch of Bollywood action sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” — a sequel to 2015’s “Baahubali: The Beginning” — is also garnered $9.1 million at just 450 locations.
However, “The Circle,” is jointly handled by STX and EuropaCorp, and it is gathering about $9.3 million at 3,163 locations.
No doubt it’s debut expectations were tagged at $10 million to $15 million range at least, but it completely fell below the figures.
Moreover, “The Circle” stars Hanks as the quietly villainous founder of a Silicon Valley social media company, with Watson portraying an employee who finds herself in a dilemma over ethics.
While according to Variety report “Audiences were unimpressed and gave “The Circle” a thumbs down with a D+ CinemaScore grade — well below the norm. Dave Eggers co-wrote the screenplay, based on his novel of the same name. James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) directed and produced.
It was also gathered that Pantelion, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Mexico-based Televisa, is releasing “How to Be a Latin Lover,” and the expectation is that it gets up to $7 million at 1,118 sites. The film label’s the feature directorial debut of Ken Marino, and stars Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, and Kristen Bell.
The media outfit also reported that ”Friday audiences were impressed as the film earned an A CinemaScore grade overall. Customers for “Latin Lover” were 55% female and 75% over 25. Pantelion also distributed Derbez’ 2013’s “Instructions Not Included,” which grossed $44 million in the U.S. to set a record as the highest Spanish-language box office performer”.
While Fox’s fifth weekend of “The Boss Baby” had $8.1 million at 3,739 locations, which landed it in fitfth position. Also, the animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation will finish the weekend with $147 million domestically.
Disney’s seventh weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” will follow in sixth with around $6 million, lifting its domestic total to nearly $480 million. “Beauty” is the ninth-largest domestic grosser of all time, trailing “Finding Dory” at $486 million.
Meanwhile, ” The Circle” has been described as a laughable tech thriller by some who felt disappointed.