Box Office: ‘Furious 7’ Is King for Fourth Straight Weekend
Furious 7 remains king at the weekend box office.
The movie raked in an estimated $18.3 million to take the No. 1 spot for the fourth weekend in a row. This brings its North American gross to a staggering $320.5 million, and its worldwide total to over $1 billion as the movie surpasses Frozen on the all-time list. Furious 7 has become only the third film to reach that milestone, after James Cameron’s one-two punch of cinematic bombast, Titanic and Avatar.
In addition, with a worldwide total of $1.3 billion so far, Furious 7 is now the fifth highest-grossing movie of all-time, with designs on moving up to No. 4 once it surpassed the $1.34 billion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. That said, while the movie has essentially been steamrolling the competition for the better part of a month, its momentum is slowing a bit, as the next closest competitor isn’t as distant in the earnings for this week as previous No. 2s have been for the past four weeks: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 came in at No. 2 with $15.5 million, coming about as close as any film has come to knocking Furious 7 out of the top spot so far. The movie saw an impressive hold from its opening weekend, dropping just 35% to bring its two-week total to a solid $44 million.
Both films were able to stay ahead of the weekend’s biggest new offering: although The Age of Adaline topped the box office for Friday with $5 million for the day (as compares to Furious 7’s $4.9 million), the Blake Lively romance finished the weekend in third place with $13.4 million. Costing $30 million to make, this will likely be a win for Lionsgate and Lakeshore, considering that not only did the two studios split the budget, but there is also nothing else like it debuting in the upcoming cramped start of the summer movie season. People looking for alternatives to the big budget action of May releases will be able to buy a ticket for The Age of Adaline, a movie that you could swear was based on a book or something (but actually isn’t).
Home, from Dreamworks Animation, continued its strong run. The animated family film settled in at No. 4 with $8.3 million, bringing its North American total to $154 million and its worldwide gross to $281 million. Rounding out the Top 5 was the horror-thriller Unfriended, which took in $6.2 million. This brings its domestic haul to $25.2 million.
But this week’s Top 5 isn’t even the biggest box office story this weekend: Avengers: Age of Ultron rolled out internationally to a terrific $201.2 million debut, becoming the No. 1 movie in each and every territory in which it opened. The blockbuster accounted for 55% of the whole international market, giving a peak into just how much money this thing is going to make as it continues its rollout across the world over the course of the next month. It opens this Friday, May 1, in the United States, and releases in China on May 12. These will be two of the bigger markets for the movie, but Marvel actually has a plan in place to keep its momentum going throughout the summer. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters in Japan on July 4, which should give the movie an extra financial boost right as other summer movies arrive on the scene to compete.
But how did the rest of this weekend’s Top 10 do? Check out the Top 10 at the weekend box office below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 04/27/2015
1. Furious 7 ($18.2 million)
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($15.5 million)
3. The Age of Adaline ($13.3 million)
4. Home ($8.3 million)
5. Unfriended ($6.2 million)
6. Ex Machina ($5.4 million)
7. The Longest Ride ($4.3 million)
8. Get Hard ($3.9 million)
9. Monkey Kingdom ($3.55 million)
10. Woman In Gold ($3.5 million)