Box Office: 'Furious 7' Hits Historic $252.5M; 'Longest Ride' No. 3
In 10 days, 'Furious 7' has already surpassed 'Fast and Furious 6'; 'Longest Ride' stars Clint Eastwood's son in his first turn as a leading man.
There's no slowing down Universal's Furious 7.
The movie — marking the final film from the late Paul Walker — continued to dominate the North American box office with $60.6 million from 4,022 theaters, one of the best showings for any film in its sophomore frame (it ranks No. 12) and pushing its total to $252.2 million, a franchise best.
Worldwide, Furious 7 soared to a stunning $800.5 million, including $548 million overseas.
The high-octane action pic took in another $195 million overseas from 66 markets for a foreign total of $548 million. Domestically, Furious 7 earned $60.6 million to end the weekend with a 10-day total of $252.2 million, eclipsing the $239 earned by Fast and Furious 6 in its entire run. Internationally, it will pull ahead of Fast 6's $550 million sometime on Monday.
Longest Ride opened to a muted $13.5 million in North America from 3,132 locations, putting it at No. 3 behind Furious 7 and family holdover Home ($19 million). The multigenerational romancer, starring up-and-coming actors Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, is the 11th movie adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel. The good news is that it nabbed an A CinemaScore and played well in America's heartland, so could enjoy a strong multiple.
Furious 7 continued to make history on several fronts. In only 10 days, it has already surpassed the entire lifetime domestic gross of blockbuster Fast and Furious 6 ($239 million). And it crossed $200 million in eight days, faster than any title in Universal's history (Despicable Me 2 was the previous record-holder at 11 days).
And, surprising even the most seasoned box office veterans, Furious 7 declined just 59 percent from its record-breaking $147.2 million debut. Most expected it to fall in line with Fast 6, which saw a 64 percent dip.
Furious 7 is no doubt making life tough for anything in its path, since it is playing fairly evenly between males and females of all ages.
Longest Ride drew most of its strength from older women and played best in the Midwest, the South and Mountain States. Overall, females made up more than 73 percent of the audience, with 43 percent of all ticket buyers over the age of 34, including 24 percent over the age of 50. Box office observers say younger females busy this weekend with Furious 7 could now turn their attention to Longest Ride.
George Tillman Jr., directed the $34 million movie for Fox 2000, which decided to give Clint Eastwood's son his first leading role. Eastwood plays a former bull-riding champion trying to make a comeback who is in love with a college student (Robertson) about to begin a job at a high-end art gallery in New York.
The two find themselves at odds in terms of their future but re-examine their priorities after rescuing an older man from a car crash who, from his hospital bed, recounts his marriage and the importance of enduring love.
Longest Ride bested the disappointing $10 million debut of Sparks' last outing, The Best of Me, in fall 2014, but came in behind other recent Sparks adaptations, including Safe Haven ($21.4 million), The Lucky One ($22.5 million), The Last Song ($16 million) and Dear John, which scored the highest debut for a Sparks adaptation with $30.5 million in 2010.
However, in 2004, The Notebook likewise opened to $13.5 million before transforming into a sleeper hit, topping out at $81 million domestically and making Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling household names (The Notebook did boast well-known stars James Garner and Gena Rowlands).
"We know this connected with a broader Sparks fan base than the last film did, and like The Notebook, it earned an A CinemaScore," said Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson.
Elsewhere, Home, from Fox and DreamWorks Animation, has now earned $129.5 million domestically. Overseas, the animated film took in $15.2 million from 67 markets to jump the $100 million mark and finish the weekend with a foreign total of $112.7 million and global cume of $242.2 million.
Woman in Gold expanded nationwide after a robust opening in 258 theaters last weekend. The Nazi stolen-art drama, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, placed No. 7 this weekend with $5.7 million from 1,504 theaters for a domestic total of $9.3 million for The Weinstein Co.
Two other specialty films moved into the top 10, Danny Collins and While We're Young. The first title from Bleecker Street, Danny Collins placed No. 9 with $1.6 million from 739 theaters for a screen average of $2,169 and domestic total of $2.2 million. Dan Fogelman directed the dramedy, starring Al Pacino.
While We're Young, directed by Noah Baumbach, came in No. 10 for A24 Films, grossing $1.4 million from 246 theaters for a cume of $2.4 million and a strong theater average of $5,691.
A24 scored another win with Alex Garland's sci-fi film Ex Machina, which debuted in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, earning $249,956 for a massive theater average of $62,489 — the best of the year so far.
Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria opened in three theaters in L.A. and New York, earning $69,729 for a theater average of $22,243 for IFC Films. The drama, premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Lost River, marking Gosling's feature directorial debut and starring Christina Hendricks, is getting a very limited theatrical to promote its VOD push and is estimated to have grossed just shy of $20,000 from three theaters over the weekend, although Warner Bros. won't release official numbers until later this week. The movie, likewise debuting in Cannes last year, was savaged by critics.
Desert Dancer struggled in its limited launch, earning $43,000 from 23 theaters for a location average of $1,870. The film, distributed in the U.S. by Relativity, stars Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie and was directed by Richard Raymond.
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