Monday, April 27, 2015
From ew, Furious 7 has only been out for four weeks, but it already owns multiple box office accomplishments—and it has a new one to add to the list this weekend. Furious 7 is a bigger worldwide hit than Frozen.
The seventh Fast & Furious film topped $1.32 billion in global earnings this weekend, pushing it ahead of Frozen’s $1.27 billion total. That puts Furious 7at No. 5 on the list of highest grossing movies of all-time, right behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which made $1.34 billion.
In North America, Furious 7 is also doing pretty well: It’s still No. 1 at the box office, and this weekend made an estimated $18.3 million—just 37 percent less than last weekend’s earnings. The previous two movies in the franchise dropped about 50 percent in their fourth weekends, so Furious 7’s decrease further proves the film’s popularity.
Elsewhere, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 finished in second place with $15.5 million. Although the Kevin James-led sequel isn’t getting much—okay, any—love from critics, it’s still the only new comedy available in theaters. It’s also rated PG, which adds to its appeal—families haven’t gotten much new fare in recent weeks.
New release The Age of Adaline came in third with $13.4 million, and the romantic drama should have a fine (if unimpressive) run in the coming weeks thanks to its fantasy aspect (Blake Lively plays an immortal woman) and its status as one of very few female-led films currently available in theaters.
Home, now in its fifth week, proved it’s not slowing down by nabbing the No. 4 spot with $8.3 million, while horror Unfriended came in fifth with $6.2 million.
The top five has been fairly consistent these past couple weeks, but that’s about to change next week once Avengers: Age of Ultron opens wide and takes the box office title from Furious 7.
1. Furious 7 — $18.3 million
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 — $15.5 million
3. The Age of Adaline — $13.4 million
4. Home — $8.3 million
5. Unfriended — $6.2 million
Outside the top five, the critically loved Ex Machina expanded to 1,255 theaters this weekend and brought in $5.4 million, while the critically disliked Little Boy opened with $2.8 million in 1,045 theaters.