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Weekend Box Office Report: April 17-19, 2015

04.19.2015

Furious 7 still has plenty of fuel!

For a third weekend, the allure of insane vehicular mayhem kept FURIOUS 7 on top at the box office with an estimated $29 million!

The latest installment of baddie beatdowns, family bonding and questionable physics is rapidly approaching $300 million domestic, but its worldwide total furiously blasted beyond the billion-dollar line in a record-setting 17 days.

FURIOUS 7's current $1.15 billion global total has also rushed past TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING and SKYFALL to make it the seventh highest-grossing worldwide release in history, and it's coming up on the rear bumper of IRON MAN 3's $1.21 billion finish.

Opening in second place was the Kevin James comedy sequel PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 with $24 million, a bit below the start of the original's surprise $31.8 million opening in 2009 (it went on to $146 million). The follow-up, which only cost a reported $30 million, scored an absolute zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but it's highly unlikely that people who would buy tickets to PAUL BLART movies really care what critics think.

In third was the new R-rated horror movie UNFRIENDED with a $16 million opening. The low-budget online terror (originally called CYBERNATURAL) received enough likes for a 65% average on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences clicked off with a 'C' CinemaScore.

The animated family movie HOME dropped down to fourth with $10.3 million, followed by the Nicholas Sparks adaptation THE LONGEST RIDE in fifth with $6.8 million and the R-rated Kevin Hart/Will Ferrell comedy GET HARD in sixth with $4.8 million.

Opening in seventh was Disney's nature documentary MONKEY KINGDOM with $4.7 million (on around half the number of screens as FURIOUS 7). The Tina Fey-narrated family movie did receive the highest marks of the new releases with 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 'A-' CinemaScore.

In eighth place, the Helen Mirren/Ryan Reynolds historical drama WOMAN IN GOLD was pushed onto another 500 screens and is now up to nearly $16 million. THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT and Disney's live-action CINDERELLA rounded out the Top 10.

Outside the chart, IT FOLLOWS, DANNY COLLINS and WHILE WE'RE YOUNG slipped away. Other new releases like the Jonah Hill/James Franco drama TRUE STORY (on 831 screens) and the Tom Hardy thriller CHILD 44 (on 500 screens) couldn't make their way onto the list with $1.9 million and $600k respectively. Alex Garland's artificial intelligence tale EX MACHINA expanded to 39 locations and is up to $1.1 million.

Next weekend, many parts of the world will get to see AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON while North America waits until May 1st. Instead we will have the Blake Lively fantasy drama THE AGE OF ADALINE and the war drama LITTLE BOY, which should give FURIOUS 7 a chance to rev its engines a little longer.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Furious 7 $29 M $294.4 M
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $24 M
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3. Unfriended $16 M
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4. Home $10.3 M $142.6 M
5. The Longest Ride $6.8 M $23.5 M
6. Get Hard $4.8 M $78.2 M
7. Monkey Kingdom $4.7 M
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8. Woman in Gold $4.5 M $15.9 M
9. Insurgent $4.1 M $120.6 M
10. Cinderella $3.8 M $186.3 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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