Monday, April 13, 2015
From ew, Furious 7 is only in its second weekend, and it’s already made more than any of the other Fast and Furious films made throughout their entire runs. For example: 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 made $238.7 million over 15 weeks. Furious 7 made $252.5 million over two
Most films in the franchise dipped around 60 percent between their first and second weekends, and Furious 7—even in all its record-breaking, first weekend success—did the same: It dropped 59 percent from $147.2 million to an estimated $60.6 million. This was expected, and it’s not a bad sign by any means. Furious 7 has proven to have a devoted fanbase, and those fans will keep showing up to the theater to watch it, whether it’s for the first or second or fifth time.
Home also had a good weekend: Its ticket sales dropped just 30 percent, partly thanks to its status as the only newish (it’s in its third week), completely family-friendly film currently in theaters. Cinderella, which kept its spot in the top five with $7.2 million, is also family-friendly but not as appealing to kids—especially younger ones—as the colorful, musical, animated Home.
The Longest Ride, another film in the always-growing series of Nicholas Sparks adaptations, was the only wide release this weekend, and it debuted with $13.5 million—considerably less than its $34 million budget, but just about where forecasts were predicting it’d end up. It’s more than what the last Sparks film, Best of Me, opened with (that was a disappointing $10 million), but not as strong as other recent ones: Safe Haven, for example, opened with $21.4 million in 2013.
Like Cinderella, the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard kept its spot in the top five for one more week—though unlike Cinderella, it received bad reviews. Its days on top will likely end next weekend, however, when Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (another comedy that probably won’t receive glowing reviews) opens wide.
1. Furious 7 — $60.6 million
2. Home — $19 million
3. The Longest Ride — $13.5 million
4. Get Hard — $8.6 million
5. Cinderella —$7.2 million