‘Furious 7’ races to top of N. American box office
The latest “Fast and Furious” installment roared to pole position in the North American box office this weekend, easily overtaking last week’s winner “Home” for the top spot, according to industry data Monday. “Furious 7,” the seventh in the street-racing and stunt-filled franchise, pulled in a whopping US$147.2 million on its opening weekend, according to figures from box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
The film features the late Paul Walker, who was killed in an unrelated car crash in November 2013 while the film was still in production.
“Going well beyond a pitchperfect marketing campaign and a great release date, the enthusiastic and devoted fan base came out in droves to support the franchise and the late Paul Walker — and the results are staggering,” senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian, of the box office tracker Rentrak, said in a statement.
In second place was animated children’s film “Home,” about an unpopular space alien forced to flee his own kind. It earned US$27 million.
Pulling in US$13.1 million and scoring third place was buddy comedy “Get Hard,” about a prison- bound white investment banker (Will Ferrell) who hires a black car washer (Kevin Hart) for lessons on surviving the slammer. Disney’s live action “Cinderella” remake worked its magic to stay in fourth place, earning US$10.2 million, with “Downton Abbey” star Lily James as the enchanted princess and Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother.
Dystopian action thriller “Insurgent,” the second big-screen instalment based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling “Divergent” book series, fell to fifth with US$10.1 million.
Indie horror flick “It Follows,” took sixth place and US$2.5 million in ticket sales.