In its third weekend, Furious 7 may not be revving its box-office engines at top speed any more, but its $29.1 million take was still enough to claim another No. 1 spot. Last weekend, Furious 7 made $59.8 million, and Home—the No. 2 movie—made $41.1 million less; but Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 closed the gap this weekend, finishing with $24 million for a close second.
Furious 7’s grosses slipped 51 percent, but it was still a great week for Universal’s blockbuster: It passed the $1 billion mark in global sales Friday—and in record time, no less. Domestically, Furious 7 should be surpassing the $300 million mark by week’s end (if not sooner). And it still has another couple weeks until Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, which will without a doubt replace Furious 7 at the top of the box-office rankings.
Paul Blart’s $24 million debut is impressive in its own way—especially given its all-around negative reviews. (The sequel currently has a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). This debut number is only about $7 million less than its predecessor’s $31.8 million debut in 2009, proving that Kevin James has the power to bring in audiences no matter what the critics are saying.
Unfriended, a horror from producer Jason Blum, also opened this weekend and ended up scoring with $16 million. The movie fared considerably better than Paul Blart reviews-wise—its Rotten Tomatoes score is a relatively healthy 65 percent—and will likely be relying on word-of-mouth (and its disturbing marketing campaign) to keep its numbers up.
Home and The Longest Ride rounded out the top five with $10.3 million and $6.9 million, respectively.
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.
Luke (Scott Eastwood) and Sophia (Britt Robertson) are the definition of opposites attract in The Longest Ride, the latest book-to-film adaptation from author Nicholas Sparks. Luke is a fearless former champion bull rider who introduces the art-loving Sophia to a dangerous world she never imagined herself falling into.
It goes without saying that the ladies in Nicholas Sparks movies are always beautiful, inside and out. But let’s be honest: his films are better known for their men. From Gosling to Efron, Costner to Tatum, a Sparksian romantic hero is the quintessential strong-silent type with a sensitive, often-suffering soul. They don’t just ache for their loves, they use that longing as fuel to restore houses, refurbish boats, or some other manly metaphor.
Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride arrives in theaters this weekend, but likely won’t be taking the trip to the top of the box office—the No. 1 spot is reserved for Furious 7, which exceeded expectations (and broke records) by opening with $147.2 million last weekend.
What, no kissing scene in the rain?
While most films adapted from Nicholas Sparks books include a scene where the main characters passionately smooch in a downpour (The Notebook, Dear John and The Best of Me, to name a few), The Longest Ride director George Tillman Jr. says you won’t find any of that in his new movie, hitting theaters April 10.
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