Many expected ‘Furious 7’ to destroy the competition this weekend but few people expected such huge numbers from a series that is now in its seventh entry. Also, last week’s number one movie, ‘Home’ held very well from last weekend, while ‘Get Hard’ plummeted.
Check out a full run down of this weekend’s box office after the jump.
Originally projected to earn $115 million this weekend, ‘Furious 7’ destroyed records and expectations to earn a massive $143.6 million at the weekend box office. To give you an idea of how big this debut is, it has eclipsed the domestic earnings of ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ ($62.5M) and ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ ($127M). It also nearly made more that the series originator, ‘The Fast and The Furious’ ($144.5M) which took 19 weeks to accomplish that number, whereas ‘Furious 7’ pulled this kind of number in 3 days.
This debut is also good enough to snatch away the title for the biggest April debut from last year’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ who earned $95 million in its first weekend. It also logs in as the ninth biggest opening weekend of all time, narrowly beating out ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ by less than a million dollars. It also has become the largest debut of 2015, taking the title from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ who earned $85 million back in February.
Combined with a massive international haul, ‘Furious 7’ has already earned $384 million world wide.
In its second weekend, ‘Home’ eased less than 50 percent over last weekend to earn an estimated $27.4 million. So far the Dreamworks animated film has earned $95.6 million at the domestic box office, giving studio execs a sigh of reliefs after falling on hard times due to a series of flops. Look for this movie to continue to do well as there is currently a lack of family fare in theaters.
Coming in at third is the Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell comedy ‘Get Hard’ which proved to be no match for ‘Furious 7’. The film dropped 61.8 percent to earn $12.9 million. This brings the film’s domestic haul to $57 million.
‘Cinderella’ maintained a top five position coming in fourth with $10.3 million. The Disney live action remake has now earned $167 million at the domestic box office with nearly $400 million made world wide.
In fifth place, ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ earned $10 Million, bringing its domestic earning to $103.3 million.