“Furious 7,” the latest sequel of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise topped the box office for the third weekend with an estimated $29.1 million collection, box office tracker Rentrak revealed Sunday. The film also crossed the $1 billion mark on its third weekend, according to studio estimates.
The domestic total of the late Paul Walker-starrer film crossed $294 million, well above the $202.8 million earned by the “Fast & Furious 6” in 2013. The James Wan-directed film also became the biggest-ever opening for April and the year so far. It achieved the $1 billion mark on Friday, becoming the fastest live-action film to have hit the number, ahead of “Avatar,” Marvel’s “The Avengers,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” all of which reached the figure in 19 days.
“The film has set a new standard for the potential for box-office in the pre-summer month of April and has truly become part of movie folklore with its record-setting numbers, strong reviews, spectacular word-of-mouth and of course the outpouring of support for late star Paul Walker,” Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak’s senior media analyst, said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Universal Pictures’ film garnered an estimated $273.7 million in North America over 15 days and $735.2 million overseas in 17 days.
“We’re incredibly proud to watch Fast & Furious take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office,” Nick Carpou, president of domestic distribution at Universal, reportedly said in a statement.
Meanwhile, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," which opened Friday, reportedly earned $24 million across 3,633 locations, claiming the second position at the box office this weekend. Low-budget movie “Unfriended” took the third spot with $16 million.