Box Office Prognosis: Furious 7 Is The Fastest Film To Reach $1 Billion Worldwide, And Will Be For, Like, A Few More Weeks
Enjoy the record while you got it, Furious 7.
Despite competition from that kooky mall cop, Furious 7 once again won the weekend with a strong third weekend take, leaving the rest of the new releases all in the (eherm) dust. Details on that and more await in this week’s Box Office Prognosis!
But first, yes, more Furious 7 talk. The film earned another terrific $29 million this weekend, only off about 50% to a take of $29.1 million. That makes for a domestic cume of about $294 million, making it a show-in to cross $300 million at the box office. Even more stunning is its worldwide cume, which is already at $857 million and growing. That means that, yes, the film has crossed the $1 billion mark, and is the fastest film to ever achieve that feat. Or should I say “fastest film to ever acheive that feat at this point, because Avengers: Age of Ultron is almost guaranteed to surpass that milestone (hell, it’s already tracking for the biggest opening weekend of all time, so why the hell not?) And after that Ultron will probably be bested by the surefire juggernaut that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, so…this year is pretty exciting, isn’t it?
But let’s put our focus back on the current box office champ of Hollywood, Furious 7, who is likely to remain that way for at least one more week (unless Age of Adaline really surprises), meaning that it will accomplish the task of holding the box office for an entire month in a row. That April time frame is pretty sweet, no? Good move on Universal’s part, and one that has already delivered its most successful film ever made. Even if it collapses now, a total worldwide gross of $1.4 billion is likely.
But there were other films at the box office, so let’s go over them quickly. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened to about $23.8 million, which is solid if unspectacular. It still ranks as Kevin James’ second biggest opening ever, even if it trails considerably behind his first, the original Paul Blart’s $30 million gross in January 2009. This one won’t hold up well either, with outstandingly terrible reviews (it still has 0% on Rotten Tomatoes) and negative word of mouth (B- Cinemascore and what not.) Expect a final tally in the $60 miilon range, which is okay, but not nearly the smash hit the first Blart was. Maybe don’t wait six years to release the next comedy sequel, huh?
In third place was fellow first weekend opener Unfriended, which made $15.8 million in its opening. That’s actually pretty good for the surely low budget horror film, and speaks a lot to the power of a strong gimmick. It’s still a horror movie though, so expect it to fall bad in the weeks ahead. A final gross around $35 million is likely. In fourth place was Dreamwork’s Home, falling 43 percent to $10.6 million, It’s total cume of $142.9 million right now is certainly a sum worth celebrating over at Dreamworks, who were having a tough time as of late. Good for animation, if not particularly good animation.
Finally we have last week’s The Longest Ride, which rounded out the Top 5 with $7 million. That’s a drop of only 46% from its opening which is, okay, whatever, fine. Does anyone really care about the success of the freaking Longest Ride? That’s what I thought.
Here’s the chart:
Box Office: April 20, 2015
|Furious 7||$29.1 million|
|Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||$23 million|
|The Longest Ride||$7 million|
|Woman in Gold||$4.5 million|
|Monkey Kingdom||$4.5 million|
|The Divergent Series: Insurgent||$4 million|
Check back next week to see if Age of Adaline will in fact take down the Furious behemoth. It’s certainly possible, so we’ll find out if it happens next week!