After claiming just about every record available last weekend – including the biggest opening of 2015 and the best April debut of all time – Furious 7 is about to make winning its second consecutive frame look ridiculously easy. The latest installment in Universal’s fourteen year-old franchise took in an estimated $19.1 million yesterday to bring its domestic total to $210.7 million in just eight days. That’s 44% ahead of the series’ previous eight-day record of $146.5 million for Fast & Furious 6. The film’s current total also tops the $209.8 million final domestic gross of 2011’s Fast Five.
In slightly less positive news, yesterday’s estimate represents a decline of 72% over Furious 7’s opening last Friday. That’s pretty steep, although it does match the drop that Fast & Furious 6 took on its own second Friday two years ago. By comparison, American Sniper was off by just 40% on the Friday following its first weekend in wide release. Of course, aside from their blockbuster box office performances, 2015’s two headline-grabbing releases have little else in common. No one expects Furious 7 to compete for Best Picture at next year’s Academy Awards, for one thing. It’s also no secret that tentpole releases like the Fast and Furious films tend to be front-loaded at the box office.
Front-loaded or not, Furious 7 will take at least one more victory lap this weekend. The film is projected to claim as much as $62 million through Sunday, which could rank as one of the top ten second weekends of all time. Worldwide, Furious 7 has already crossed the $500 million mark – with critical markets like China, Japan and Russia still on the horizon.
The only new title challenging Furious 7 this weekend is Fox’s The Longest Ride. The tenth big screen adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel since 1999, The Longest Ride earned an estimated $5.5 million from 3,366 locations on Friday. That puts the PG-13 romance on track for $15 million through Sunday, which is significantly above the $10 million that analysts expected. That would also beat the $13.4 million debut of The Notebook, the film that made ‘Nicholas Sparks’ a Hollywood brand back in 2004 and which still ranks as the author’s biggest domestic release of all-time at $81 million, not adjusted for inflation.
Here are Friday’s box office estimates. Check back tomorrow for complete details and this weekend’s top ten.
|3.||The Longest Ride||$5,500,000||$5.5|