'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Fate of the Furious" sped into first place at the box office again, leaving new thriller "Unforgettable" and historical drama "The Promise" in the dust. Universal Pictures' eighth installment in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise earned $38.7 million in North American theaters over the weekend, down 61 percent from its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Box Office Top 20: 'Fast 8' snags global debut record

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Fate of the Furious," the eighth movie in the "Fast and the Furious" series may have fallen short of $100 million in North American theaters, collecting $98.8 million, but it still solidified its spot as the biggest global opener of all time with $532 million worldwide. The previous record-holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" launched with $529 globally in 2015.

'Fast and the Furious' on road to record global debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World." Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that "The Fate of the Furious" would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China.

Box Office Top 20: 'The Boss Baby' squashes 'Smurfs 3'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Boss Baby" continued to dominate the box office in its second weekend in theaters, adding $26.4 million to take the top spot. The animated flick featuring the voice of Alec Baldwin has earned $89.4 million from North American theaters to date. It effectively took the family business away from new opener "Smurfs: The Lost Village," which debuted to a dismal $13.

'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Smurfs are feeling a little blue this weekend. The third installment in Sony's animated series, "Smurfs: The Lost Village," made its box-office debut in third place, with $14 million -- far behind family-friendly holdovers "The Boss Baby" and "Beauty and the Beast," according to studio estimates Sunday. Featuring the voices of Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello, "Smurfs," which reportedly cost $60 million to make, has not charmed critics either.

Box office top 20: 'Boss Baby' takes down Disney's 'Beauty'

NEW YORK (AP) -- It took Alec Baldwin in diapers to bring down "Beauty and the Beast." The 20th Century Fox release and DreamWorks Animation production "The Boss Baby," featuring the voice of Baldwin as the film's pipsqueak protagonist, was the weekend's no. 1 film. It opened with $50.2 million, according to final box-office figures Monday from comScore.

'Boss Baby' dethrones 'Beauty and the Beast' with $49M debut

NEW YORK (AP) -- The taskmaster toddler of "The Boss Baby" dethroned Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at the box office with a $49 million debut, handing its star Alec Baldwin what President Donald Trump might call a "huge" no. 1 opening. Paramount Pictures suffered another flop with its controversy-plagued "Ghost in the Shell.

Box Office Top 20: 'Beauty' adds $90.4 million in weekend 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" performed even better than expected in its second weekend in theaters, adding $90.4 million to its North American grosses, which now tally at $319 million. "Beauty and the Beast" easily topped the crop of newcomers, including Lionsgate's "Power Rangers" which got off to a solid start with $40 million and a few less successful debuts as well.

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FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian stocks weaker as US health overhaul failure lingers SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks got off to a weak start on Monday as caution among investors prevailed with lingering doubts about the future policy agenda of the new U.S. administration following the health care reform failure. The Nikkei 225 finished 1.4 percent lower while South Korea's Kospi closed 0.6 percent lower, Hong Kong's Hang Seng declined 0.

'Beauty and the Beast' dances off with top box-office spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Not all reboots are created equal. This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Power Rangers" and "CHIPS," producing both successful and underwhelming results. On the high end, Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in theaters, easily topping the charts with $88.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. On the low end, Warner Bros.