Furious Flies to Fiscal Firmament

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Paul Blart gave it all he could. But the guy’s little Segway just couldn’t keep up with the Fast & Furious gang’s turbocharged, skyscraper-leaping sports cars.

Furious 7 proved once again that a body in motion tends to stay in motion—motoring all the way to No. 1 against some lackluster competition. Sure, Furious is beginning to show signs of needing a petrol pit stop, but for now the flick continues to roar around the box office track, scooping up an estimated $29.1 million en route to its third straight win, hitting a number of landmarks along the way.

What landmarks? I’m so glad you asked. It is, of course, the most lucrative movie of the year domestically, pocketing $294.4 million from North American moviegoers. It’s the biggest movie of the year internationally, too, pulling down a near-titanic $1.1 billion with overseas markets factored in. In fact, that worldwide cash makes Furious 7 the (appropriately enough) seventh biggest money-making movie ever—right behind Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion). And obviously, the flick ain’t done yet.

It’s fairly unlikely that Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will ever reach Furious 7′s rarified air—not unless the makers of Avengers: Age of Ultron decide to donate most of its grosses to the flick. But a $24 million, second-place weekend maybe isn’t so bad for a movie like this, especially given its 0% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Methinks that Mr. Blart may be leaving the mall—at least the mall multiplex—soon.

Unfriended, a low-budget fright flick that stirs up its screams on social networks, finished third with $16 million. It bested holdovers Home and The Longest Ride, which finished with $10.3 million and $6.9 million respectively.

The weekend’s third wide release, Disneynature’s documentary Monkey Kingdom, scrambled to $4.7 million to finish seventh. That’s not a great take by Disneynature’s standards (which always unveils a new animal doc just in time for Earth Day). For comparison, last year’s Bears dug up $4.8 million in about 300 fewer theaters. It’s a good thing that monkeys work pretty cheap. For bananas, you might say.

Final figures update: 1. Furious 7, $29.2 million; 2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, $23.8 million; 3. Unfriended, $15.8 million; 4. Home, $10.6 million; 5. The Longest Ride, $7 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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