This weekend already had internet pundits readying their thinkpieces. What would come out on top: the female-friendly Spy with its hilarious leading ladies or the bro-tastic, testosterone-fueled Entourage? It turns out that this showdown was barely a showdown at all, with Paul Feig’s espionage comedy slaughtering the resurrection of HBO’s most divisive show. Oh, and Insidious: Chapter 3 just hung around, happy to be there.
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In news that should surprise absolutely no one, the massive disaster movie starring Dwayne Johnson stomped all over the box office this weekend, effortlessly topping the top 10. San Andreas may not have matched flashier, more high concept “CGI...
Tomorrowland may have taken the top spot at the box office in its debut weekend, but things still look awfully grim for the George Clooney sci-fi vehicle. Not only did the film open far below expectations, it faced serious competition in Pitch Perfect 2, which continued to kick aca-butt in its second weekend. And it wasn’t the only new release to under-perform, with the Poltergeist remake also falling short of early predictions. If you were a new release this weekend, things were awfully rough.
In one weekend, Pitch Perfect 2 has handily outgrossed the entire run of its predecessor, proving that you should never underestimate a sleeper hit that steadily grows an army of dedicated followers through the power of Blu-ray and DVD. Right below it, Mad Max: Fury Road opened to respectable numbers that will look disastrous to anyone who doesn’t pay attention to the details. Let’s dive in.
As expected, Avengers: Age of Ultron dominated the box office for the second weekend in a row, pulling in numbers that would be the envy of most summer blockbusters’ opening three days. And while the only new release of the week faltered, it was a surprisingly strong week overall, with many of the films in the top 10 faring well despite facing one of the biggest movies of the year.
There’s a bizarre narrative floating around the internet: Avengers: Age of Ultron is already a disappointment because it didn’t open higher than The Avengers in its first weekend. This seems to be ignoring the fact that The Avengers had the biggest opening of all time and Avengers: Age of Ultron now has the second biggest opening of all time, which is nothing to scoff at. Sure, the sequel may not match the numbers of the first movie in the end, but it’s already well on the way to becoming one of the biggest movies of the year. And of all time.
Furious 7 has officially spent the entire month of April at the top of the box office, swatting down any pretenders to the throne and transforming a very popular film franchise into something genuinely legendary. Sure, other films performed well, but the record books will always show that April 2015 belonged to Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and some very fast cars. This streak will end next week when Avengers: Age of Ultron gives it a run for its literal and metaphorical money, but it was a quite a ride.
For the third week in a row, Furious 7 took the top spot at the box office and made it look easy. Not even a trio of newcomers could slow down the latest entry in the crowd-pleasing action series, which has become the fastest film to reach $1 billion worldwide. On the domestic box office, it’s equally impressive. It’s a juggernaut. A cultural event. At the end of the day, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 may make some money, but it’s making that money in the shadow of a genuine phenomenon.
It was a weekend with only one new wide release and The Longest Ride fought valiantly. Unfortunately, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation didn’t have the power to overtake DreamWorks Animation’s newest film in its third week of release, and it certainly didn’t have the power to take down Furious 7, which continued its supreme domination of the April box office.
The early estimates for the opening weekend gross of Furious 7 are all over the place and we probably won’t have a definitive number until tomorrow, when the dust finally settles and everyone gets a chance to breathe. However, this one thing we know for sure: the seventh film in the Fast and Furious series didn’t just shatter in-franchise records, it shattered records for any April release.