‘Fu­ri­ous 7’ races to top of N. Amer­i­can box of­fice

The China Post - - ARTS -

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.

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