1. Furious 7 – $29 million [3rd week; $294 million] While capturing a third consecutive box office crown was essentially a given considering the competition, the seventh installment of the series raced to earn some major records this weekend as Universal’s first billion dollar film and being the fastest to reach that mark ever. Avengers? Left in the dust? Harry Potter? Not enough magic. Hunger Games? Odds weren’t in their favor either.
Come next week it’ll reach $300 million domestically. The series continues to astonish experts as it was all but done a decade ago and now has become one of the most profitable franchises not tucked away under the Walt Disney Pictures umbrella. ‘Furious 7’ now stands at No. 7 on the worldwide highest grossing list.
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – $24 million [debut week] Kevin James’ cop comedy managed to make the race a lot closer than expected. I’m pretty impressed because I didn’t think anyone was begging for a Paul Blart sequel. Critics didn’t seem especially happy to pay as it wasn’t screened for critics and so far it’s earned a perfect score of 0 percent rating on www.RottenTomatoes.com. That’s pretty impressive. Box office predictions had the film coming in at around $16 million and its relatively low $30 million budget, ‘Mall Cop 2’ should prove a decent sized hit for Sony, which could use a little good news.
3. Unfriended – $16 million [debut week] Stop me if this sounds familiar. A horror thriller with a small-scale budget rolls to earn a major profit. With a budget just over $1 million, Universal snagged another spot on the Top 5.
4. Home – $10.3 million [4th week; $142.6 million] Without any other family films out there, this animated effort from Fox has now made back its $135 budget and likely will stick around in the Top 5 for another few weeks.
5. The Longest Ride – $6.9 million [2nd week; $23.5 million] The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation looks like it will be firmly positioned in the bottom tier of the 10 Sparks’ books turned movies.