To absolutely no one’s surprise, “Furious 7” is doin’ the damn thang at the box office.
On top of that, “the industry can thank the testosterone-charged film for boosting the year-to-year box office by 33%,” reports Deadline which goes on to state that, “after dipping a bit following a front-loaded Good Friday, Universal is estimating Furious 7 will end the weekend’s race with $143.6M, which figures in a better-than- standard 35% drop on Sunday for a picture such as this – maybe only 31%.”
Others, however, think the street-racing picture will end up higher than $145M. The picture burst into theaters on Thursday with $15.8M (which is figured into the Friday total) and that pushed it into high gear for the weekend. Now for the records (and there are many):
Furious 7, directed by James Wan and produced by Neal Moritz and Vin Diesel, revs to the biggest April opening ever (first time a film has opened past $100M), the highest opening ever and best Friday fast-and-furious-7and Saturday for the Universal Pictures; second-largest pre-summer bow in history (behind only 2012’s Hunger Games); the largest opening so far of 2015; and the largest opening of all the Fast and Furious films. In fact, it open 48% higher the franchise’s previous best, Fast and Furious 6, which had a $97.3M opening in 2013.
Get the FULL report at Deadline.
Here’s the box office talley as of this report (04-05-15)
1). Furious 7 (UNI), 4,004 theaters / $67.5M Fri. / $46.2M to $46.5M Sat. (-31%) / $30.2M to $32M Sun. (-31% to 35%) / 3-day cume: $143.6M to $145M / Wk 1
2). Home (FOX/DW), 3,801 theaters (+93) / $11.3M Fri. / $9.7M Sat. (-14%) / $5.8M to $6M Sun. (-37%) / 3-day cume: $26.7M to $27M+ (-49%) / Total cume: $94.9M / Wk 2
3). Get Hard (WB), 3,212 theaters (+37) / $4.9M Fri. / $4.78M Sat. (-4%) / $2.8M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $12.6M to $12.9M (-63%) / Total cume: $56.7M / Wk 2
4). Cinderella (DIS), 3,404 theaters (-411) / $4.1M Fri. / $3.8M Sat. (-7%) / $2.2M to $2.4M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $10.2M / Total cume: $167.2M / Wk 4
5). Insurgent (LG), 3,442 theaters (-433) / $4M Fri. / $3.7M Sat. (-5%) / 3-day cume: $9.8M to $10M / Total cume: $103.2M / Wk 3
6). It Follows (RAD), 1,655 theaters (+437) / $919K Fri. / $970K Sat. (+5%) / $582K Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $2.4M / Total cume: $8.5M / Wk 4
7). Woman in Gold (TWC), 258 theaters (+230) / $613K Fri. / $795K Sat. (+30%) / $596 Sun. (-25%) / 3-day cume: $2M / Total cume: $2.1M
8). Kingsman: The Secret Service (FOX), 1,327 theaters (-458) / $635K Fri. / $670K Sat. (+5%) / $382K Sun. (-43%) / 3-day cume: $1.68M to $1.7M / Total cume: $122.2M / Wk 8
9). Do You Believe? (PF), 1,218 theaters (-138) / $535K Fri. / $515K Sat. (-4%) / $438K Sun. (-15%) / 3-day cume: $1.48M / Total cume: $9.78M / Wk 3
10). The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (FSL), 1,060 theaters (-438) / $355K Fri. / $409K Sat. (-15%) / $229K Sun. (-44%) / 3-day cume: $988K to $1M / Total cume: $30M / Wk 5