Even with two new high profile wide releases opening this week, nothing could match the record-shattering performance of Dom Toretto and his family at the box office this weekend.
For the third consecutive week, Furious 7 topped the charts, this time with $29 million. The action sequel is now at $294.4 million domestically and continues to post strong numbers. Fittingly enough, the franchise's seventh installment crossed the $1 billion plateau faster than any movie in history over the past week, upping its global total to $1.1 billion. The movie is now the seventh highest-grossing film globally all-time and should be able to climb higher up that list as its theatrical run goes on.
Coming in second is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (read our review) with $24 million. That is a considerable drop-off from the 2009 original, which brought in $31 million during its first three days, but it's still an impressive haul considering the universally repellant critical reception the movie has generated. That said, it's unlikely this sequel matches the performance of its predecessor, especially since the marketplace will be getting a lot more crowded with more in-demand titles in the next few weeks.
However, this won't be a total loss for Sony. The film was modestly budgeted at just $30 million and has already cleared those production costs with its worldwide total of $34.1 million. It may not have strong legs when it's all said and done, but Paul Blart 2 should actually turn out to be a minor hit for the studio. Whether that means we'll see Paul Blart 3 at some point remains to be seen.
In at #3 is the new horror film Unfriended (read our review), which brought in $16 million during its opening weekend. That makes it the biggest debut for an original horror property since The Conjuring made $41.8 million when it opened in July 2013. Obviously, that's not much of a comparison, but given that many of the horror films haven't been that commercially viable lately and Universal didn't market Unfriended a whole lot, it's still a solid start. It should prove to be highly profitable, too, since its budget was small.
As is the case with Paul Blart, the possibility Unfriended becomes a strong holdover is unlikely. Though the film got a generally positive critical response, audiences didn't take too kind to it (illustrating its limited niche outreach) and genre films like this see a sizable decrease after they open. Again, as some bigger films get set to hit the multiplex, interest in this should wane over the next few weeks.
The #4 film is Home, which made $10.3 million in its fourth week. DreamWorks' animated film is now at $142.6 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is The Longest Ride. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation increased its domestic total to a meager $23.5 million after tallying $6.8 million in its second weekend.
The #6 movie this week is Get Hard. The comedy added $4.8 million to its domestic total, which is now at $78.2 million
Nature documentary Monkey Kingdom comes in at #7 with $4.71 million during its opening weekend, which unfortunately is the lowest debut for a "Disneynature" film to date. It couldn't top last year's Bears, which grossed $4.77 million in its first three days. These movies never were major blockbusters for the Mouse House, but it's becoming clear that audience interest in them has decreased since the days of Chimpanzee ($10.6 million opening in 2012) and it may be time to give this series a rest.
Another location expansion benefits the #8 film Woman in Gold, which made $4.5 million this week after adding 507 theaters to its count. The drama is now at $15.9 million in the States.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent comes in at #9 with $4.1 million. The young adult sequel has now grossed $120.6 million domestically.
Finishing out the top ten is Cinderella. Kenneth Branagh's reimagining of the classic fairy tale upped its domestic total to $186.3 million, after making $3.8 million this weekend.
Outside the Top 10: The James Franco and Jonah Hill vehicle True Story opened in limited release and made $1.9 million, which was good enough for eleventh place this week. Child 44, which boasted a big-name cast of its own (Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace), wasn't as lucky, bringing in $600,000 from 510 theaters - making it the seventeenth-placed movie of the week.
[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 20 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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