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Box Office Prognosis: Furious 7 Makes Mad Money

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The latest ‘Furious’ makes a wrecking ball safe full of money. 

The box office got a little boost of Nos this week, as the latest edition of the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7, broke franchise records with a gargantuan take.  There were some other movies and stuff too, but when your number one made like 5x what they did COMBINED, they become far less noteworthy.  But we’ll have information on them regardless in this week’s Box Office Prognosis!

But first the big one: Furious 7.  Everyone expected this one to make massive bank this weekend, but wow – the seventh (yes, seventh) installment of this action/spy/heist film made $143.6 million in its debut.  That’s the biggest opening weekend for a film since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013, believe it or not, and ranks ninth of all time for opening weekends.  And in terms of the Fast franchise, it’s an easy number one, earning 47% more than Fast and Furious 6 did in the same year.

And worldwide it’s even crazier – the sequel took in an incredible $384 million worldwide this weekend, which basically assures a gross of near (or even passing) a billion.  As sad as it is to say, this film clearly got a boost off of what I call The Dark Knight effect: people wanted to see Paul Walker’s final performance in this film, and showed up in bigger droves than ever to do it.  Add in great reviews and word of mouths, and the success of this film was pretty much guaranteed.  Still though, what a debut.  This one will probably end up being Universal’s biggest success ever, and the company (without any big franchises or comic book movies besides Fast) could certainly use it.

The Rock is pleased.

The Rock is pleased.

In second place was Dreamwork’s Home, which dropped one spot to a gross of $27.4 million.  That’s 47 percent off of its opening gross, which makes for a total gross of about $95.6 million.  At the end of the day, the film will likely take a domestic group of around $160 million, which I’m sure Dreamworks will be very happy to take, thank you.

In third place was Get Hard, which dropped a massive 62 percent in its second weekend.  That is a terrible hold for the Kevin Hart Will Ferrell comedy, but it shouldn’t be too much a surprise considering the mixed-to-terrible word of mouth.  With another $12.9 million in the bank, Get Hard has made $57 million total, and should end up finishing its run with around $85 million.

Get-Hard-Movie

Rounding out the Top Five in the final two spots were Cinderella and The Divergent Series: Insurgent.  The latter made about $10.2 million this weekend for a total cume of about $167 million, which is the highest grossing film of the year so far…for about another week of course, when Furious 7 trumps it.  Short victories, huh?  And Insurgent dipped 53% to $10.1 million, which makes for a total of about $103 million domestically.  A final cume north of $130 million is expected.

Here’s the chart:

Box Office: April 6, 2015

Furious 7$147 million
Home$27 million
Get Hard$13.1 million
Cinderella$10.1 million
The Divergent Series: Insurgent$10.1 million
It Follows$2.5 million
Woman in Gold$2 million
Kingsman: The Secret Service$1.8 million
Do You Believe?$1.5 million
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1 million

I predicted a high opening for Furious 7 (about $135 million), but even I couldn’t predict THAT much.  What a crazy success.

Check back next week to see if it will be able to maintain the momentum whilst going up against…Fox’s The Longest Ride.  Oh yeah, it will be fine.

-Matthew