Furious 7 sets record for fastest to reach 1 billion worldwide
Despite the horrendous critical reception, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has a decent showing with 24m, good enough for the number 2 spot this week. While it wont live up to the original films success, Blart 2 was only budgeted at 30m, so unfortunately we may yet see a Blart 3 yet.
Third this week is the cyber bullying horror, Unfriended with 16m. While it may be the largest opening for a new horror series since The Conjuring (41.8m), Horror films generally do not have any staying power in the box offfice. So depsite the positive reviews overall, I expect a significant drop off.
Nature documentary Monkey Kingdom opens at 7 with $4.71 million during its opening weekend, which is the lowest for the Disney nature series to date. While these films were never major hits for Disney, It’s clear that this series may never reach the sucess of Chimpanzee ($10.6 million opening in 2012).
1 Furious 7 $29.1M
2 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $24.0M
3 Unfriended $16.0M
4 Home $10.3M
5 The Longest Ride $6.8M
6 Get Hard $4.8M
7 Monkey Kingdom $4.7M
8 Woman in Gold $4.6M
9 The Divergent Series: Insurgent $4.2M
10 Cinderella $3.9M