Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Furious 7’ Is a Little Too Fast For ‘The Age of Adaline’
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.
|1||Furious 7||$18,259,000 (-37.4)||$4,795||$320,536,000|
|2||Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||$15,500,000 (-34.8)||$4,266||$43,950,000|
|3||The Age of Adaline||$13,375,000||$4,472||$13,375,000|
|6||Ex Machina||$5,441,000 (+581.3)||$4,335||$6,920,000|
|7||The Longest Ride||$4,365,000 (-37.8)||$1,390||$30,398,000|
|8||Get Hard||$3,905,000 (-21.0)||$1,716||$84,066,000|
|9||Monkey Kingdom||$3,551,000 (-22.4)||$1,765||$10,258,000|
|10||Woman in Gold||$3,501,000 (-23.8)||$1,767||$21,635,000|
With an $18 million weekend, Furious 7 officially crossed over the $300 million mark and reached $320 million. If summer wasn’t literally days away, we’d say that $400 million was a sure thing, but with so much huge competition on the way, we can’t say for sure. In any case, this is an enormous number already and the $1 billion-plus the film has made worldwide has already catapulted the movie into the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time. It could stop making money right now and everyone at Universal would still be happy. Anything it makes through the month of May is just a bonus for everyone involved.
Unfortunately, The Age of Adaline could never stand up to a movie as huge as Furious 7, opening at a mild $13 million. This fantasy-tinged romantic drama was never going to be a huge box office contender, but late April was always going to be especially unkind to a small movie, even one with Harrison Ford in a supporting role. It may scrape $30 million together when all is said and done, but the superheroes are going to dominate every single theater in the nation in just a few days.
In second place, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did steady business, pulling in $15 million for a $43 million gross. It’s not going to come close to topping the business of its predecessor, but it’s looking at a total gross of about $80 million or so (unless the month of May really kneecaps it). It’ll be fine, but there certainly won’t be a Paul Blart 3.
Meanwhile, Home crawled over $150 million, which is a solid benchmark for success in the DreamWorks Animation canon. Right below it, Unfriended took a 60 percent drop, which is standard territory for horror movies. Both movies are doing exactly the kind of business everyone expected, nothing more and nothing less.
That brings us to one of the more pleasant surprises of the top 10 this week. The small-scale sci-fi thriller Ex Machina exploded into wide release this week, grossing $5 million for a $6 million total. It’s not going to be a blockbuster by any means, but it’s always nice to see an adult-oriented genre film find its audience.
The rest of the top 10 is fairy standard stuff. The Longest Ride managed to crack $30 million, which is pretty solid for a Nicholas Sparks weepy. Get Hard is going to get very close to $100 million, but it will barely miss it. Monkey Kingdom did that reliable DisneyNature business. The Woman in Gold entertained the older audiences who couldn’t have less interest in Furious 7.
But none of this matters because Avengers: Age of Ultron is going shake up the top 10 like nothing else. Come back next week for some surefire craziness.