Audiences lived life a quarter mile at a time at the box office this week, giving the year its first true blockbuster in the process.
Coming in at #1 this week is Furious 7 (read our review), which grossed $143.6 million during its first three days, which is by far the highest opening for the long-running action series. The debut is a significant improvement from 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 ($97.3 million) and is also the highest opening weekend for a 2015 release to date. In addition, Furious 7 shattered the April box office record, which was previously held by Captain America: The Winter Soldier at $95 million.
Though Furious 7 will certainly see a decrease in business in the following weeks following this massive intake, it will not be in any real danger of falling off the charts entirely over the course of the month. There is very little in terms of competition playing right now, and the action sequel will continue to dominate screens as a result. Between the positive critical reception, the interest in the movie due to the Paul Walker tribute, and audiences’ desire for big budget entertainment, it should be a force throughout April.
In a very distant #2 was Home. The animated film grossed $27.4 million to up its domestic total to $95.6 million. DreamWorks has already made a pretty penny off their investment thanks to the $179.4 million worldwide gross, and with few other family films playing at the multiplex, it should continue to draw a crowd and post solid numbers.
Get Hard comes in at #3 this weekend with $12.9 million. The Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart vehicle is falling off fast (this was a 61.8 percent drop from its opening last week), but the film has made a respectable $57 million domestically, and with $67.3 million global, has already made back its production costs.
The #4 film is Cinderella. Kenneth Branagh’s fairy tale re-imagining added $10.2 million to its domestic total this weekend, which is now at $167.2 million.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which continues to lag behind its predecessor in terms of domestic box office gross. The young adult sequel made $10 million to increase its stateside total to $103.3 million.
Horror movie It Follows is in at #6 with $2.4 million. The smaller project has held well and is currently at $8.5 million domestically.
Though it was only playing in 258 locations, The Woman in Gold was able to make it to #7, grossing $2 million. The drama has made $2.1 million total domestically in its limited release.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is the #8 film with $1.7 million. The action spy comedy is now at $122.2 million domestically.
Religious drama Do You Believe? is in at #9 with $1.5 million. The film has currently grossed $9.8 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 6 – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo