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.
Romantic drama The Age of Adaline hits theaters this weekend, but that doesn’t mean Furious 7 is going to get kicked out of the No. 1 spot—especially after the action movie crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide grosses last week.
Comedy Adult Beginners opens in limited release, and Little Boy is releases wide, but neither are likely going to make the top five. Here’s what might.
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.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 does all it was created to do: exist. For Sony and Kevin James to once again cash in on the success of their $146 million-grossing surprise 2009 hit, all they had to do was make a product that resembled a film—something around 90 minutes with a beginning, middle, and end. Whatever happened in between all of those points didn’t matter so much as long as people could pay money to watch it.
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