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Box-office report: Furious 7 holds off Paul Blart, takes third straight weekend

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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.

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Box office report: Furious 7 stays strong in its second weekend

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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.

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Watch Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson pitch The Longest Ride to Clint Eastwood and more

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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.

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Critical Mass: Sparks fly in The Longest Ride

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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.

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Box office preview: The Longest Ride races Furious 7 to the top

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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.

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The Longest Ride director George Tillman Jr. says no to a kiss-in-the-rain scene

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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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