Box Office: ‘Furious 7’ Reaches $800.5 Million Worldwide, ‘Longest Ride’ Disappoints
There’s apparently no brake pedal on Furious 7. The film absolutely savaged every other challenger at the box office this weekend, earning a whopping $60.6 million. This is one of the best showings ever for a movie in its second week, ranking at No. 12 on the all-time list. This brings the current domestic total to $252.2 million, toppling every other movie in the franchise so far, as the final film of Paul Walker is now his most successful.
But that pales in comparison to what the film is doing overseas, as Furious 7 earned $548 million internationally to bring its worldwide box office total to a gob-smacking $800.5 million in just two weeks. This is absolutely insane when you consider that the film has already surpassed the entire domestic gross of the previous film in the franchise. More staggeringly, Furious 7 managed to become Universal’s fastest $200 million earner, reaching that milestone in only eight days. This beats previous record holder Despicable Me 2, which took 11 days to reach the same goal. Furious 7 was such a juggernaut that it even stifled other studios’ attempts at counter-programming, as the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation disappointed.
The Longest Ride opened to an underwhelming $13.5 million, scoring it the No. 3 behind Home, which earned $19 million. However, if there’s good news for The Longest Ride, it’s that it likely has legs thanks to its strong female audience. While the audience was generally older than expected, with 43% of all ticket buyers reportedly over the age of 34, the movie is expected to grow once its younger female audiences cross Furious 7 off of their list of cinematic priorities. After all, the youth-targeted cast has a certain appeal that Furious 7 doesn’t have. Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood headline the tearjerker, which was produced on a budget of $34 million, and although the movie still has a bit of a ways to go before it turns a profit, The Longest Ride is already turning up a few positives for studio Fox 2000. Namely, The Longest Ride has surpassed the subpar debut of the last Nicholas Sparks movie, The Best of Me, which opened to a paltry $10 million in the fall of 2014.
Another positive is that The Longest Ride mirrors the box office trajectory of one of the most successful Sparks adaptations ever. The Notebook debuted to $13.5 million in 2004, and quickly became a surprise hit in subsequent weeks, earning $81 million and making stars of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in the process. So there’s still hope for The Longest Ride. And even if there weren’t, I still don’t think there’s any shame in falling to a juggernaut like Furious 7. Hell, the success of that movie is damn near unprecedented, and it seems likely that the only thing with any hope of topping it this year in overall ticket sales is Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens on May 1.
But how did other movies do at the box office? Check out the Top 10 at the weekend box office below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 04/13/2015
1. Furious 7 ($60.5 million)
2. Home ($19 million)
3. The Longest Ride ($13.5M)
4. Get Hard ($8.6 million)
5. Cinderella ($7.2 million)
6. The Divergent Series: Insurgent ($6.8 million)
7. Woman In Gold ($5.8 million)
8. It Follows ($2 million)
9. Danny Collins ($1.6 million)
10. While We’re Young ($1.3 million)