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Furious 7 Races to Records at Hot Weekend Box Office

By John Hamann

April 5, 2015

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The weekend take for Home came in at $27.4 million, off 47% compared to its $52.1 million opening frame. This is a decent but not spectacular hold for Home, bringing the total for the kids flick up to $95.6 million on the domestic side. The overseas take is going to bail Home and its $130 million price tag out, as it appears the domestic gross is going to tap out around $170 million. Should the animated flick make it to $200 million, it will need at least the same amount overseas to avoid a DWA markdown Heading into the weekend, Home has already picked up $50 million on the overseas side.

Get Hard drops to third this weekend as Furious 7’s unexpected dominance wipes out the comedy with the similar demographic. After opening to $33.8 million last weekend, Get Hard gets soft, as it is only able to find $12.9 million, good for a decline of 62%. The Warner Bros. release cost only $40 million to make; however, it likely carries a large marketing budget due to the campaign levied prior to release. Given the debut, Get Hard should still see an $85 million domestic finish, and then only $30 million or so overseas will get Warner Bros. into the black. So far, Get Hard has picked up $57 million on the domestic side.

Fourth is Cinderella, as the Disney princess rises above Insurgent. Cinderella earned $10.3 million in its fourth weekend, off an improved 40% compared to last weekend, and better than the 49% and 51% drops it has seen over the last few weekends. What it has lost in legs it is certainly making up for overseas, as the Disney release has picked up about $230 million to go with its $167.3 million domestic take.

Fifth is Insurgent, which continues to trail the original, Divergent. In its third weekend, Insurgent took in another $10 million, off 54% from last weekend’s $21.5 million take. Divergent earned $25.6 million in its second weekend and $13 million in its third, giving it $114 million after three weekends of release. Insurgent has pulled in $103.4 million stateside, and looks like it will finish with about $130 million, or about $20 million less than that of the original. That amount will easily be made up overseas, as Divergent tallied only $137.8 million overseas, where the sequel Insurgent already has $120 million.

The rest of the top ten is barely worth mentioning. It Follows managed a sixth place finish, and despite Radius-TWC adding another 437 theaters, the horror title could not keep pace with last weekend. The critically-acclaimed, micro-budgeted release earned $2.5 million, down 35% compared to last weekend despite the uptick in screens. The budget has been reported at $2 million (which seems high), and the film has a gross so far of $8.5 million.




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Seventh goes to Woman in Gold, the new film out in limited release from The Weinstein Company. This Helen Mirren/Ryan Reynolds release earned only $2 million, but did it from only 258 venues. It picked up an okay venue average of $7,767, but its 49% fresh rating likely won’t take it much higher than that.

Eighth is Kingman: The Secret Service, which is in its eighth weekend. Kingsman earned another $1.7 million, off 43% compared to last weekend. It brought its domestic total up to $122.3 million, and its worldwide gross has crossed the $330 million mark, which means it has earned more than four times its $81 million budget worldwide.

Ninth is the faith-based drama, Do You Believe?, which is still struggling to reach $10 million despite several weekends of wide release. This weekend, the drama earned $1.5 million, dipping 35% compared to last weekend. The Pure Flix release has a take so far of $9.8 million.

Finally in tenth is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which despite not tearing the cover off the box office, has seen some real success due to a moderate budget. This weekend, the Dev Patel starrer took in $1 million, off 53%, but brought its domestic take up to $30.1 million. Overseas, it has earned another $40 million, so this sequel that cost only $10 million to make has quietly done quite well.

Overall, thanks to the bruising dominance of Furious 7 and some impressive holdovers, the top 12 joins the top ten biggest top 12’s of all time. The top 12 earned $214.2 million. A year ago, when Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened to $95 million, the top 12 earned $158.9 million. Next weekend, the only opener is The Longest Ride, and as it is a Nicolas Sparks’ adaption, is likely not very good.


Top Weekend Box Office for 4/3/15-4/5/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Furious 7 Universal $143,623,480 New $143,623,480
2 Home $27,400,000 - 47% $95,620,000
3 Get Hard WARNER BROS. $12,925,000 - 62% $57,004,000
4 Cinderella Disney $10,289,000 - 40% $167,251,000
5 Insurgent Lionsgate $10,000,000 - 54% $103,384,814
6 It Follows Radius/TWC $2,465,000 - 35% $8,541,000
7 Woman In Gold Weinstein Co. $2,004,000 New $2,099,751
8 Kingsman: the Secret Service Fox $1,700,000 - 43% $122,260,000
9 Do You Believe? Pure Flix Entertainment $1,500,000 - 35% $9,810,813
10 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,000,000 - 53% $30,059,000
11 American Sniper WARNER BROS. $625,000 - 29% $346,383,000
12 Run All Night WARNER BROS. $615,000 - 72% $25,278,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  David And Goliath Riverrain/ripple Effect $161,302 New $161,302
  Lambert & Stamp Sony Classics $13,487 New $13,487
  While We're Young A24 $492,976 + 117% $791,450
  Salt of the Earth Sony Classics $65,297 + 53% $137,496
  Merchants of Doubt Sony Classics $20,156 - 44% $192,362
  Focus Paramount Classics $430,000 - 67% $52,806,000
  Wild Tales Sony Classics $224,728 - 23% $1,934,727
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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