It wasn’t even a contest.
“Furious 7″ roared to the top of the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, picking up $60.6 million and driving its stateside total to a massive $252.5 million. That ranked as a 59% drop from the Universal Pictures release’s record-breaking $147.2 million debut and puts “Furious 7″ on track to be the highest-grossing release in the history of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Records kept getting left in the rear view mirror. “Furious 7″ is now the fastest Universal release to cross $200 million, jetting by that barrier in only eight days. It took “Despicable Me 2,” the studio’s previous high-water mark, 11 days to reach that milestone. “Furious 7″ is also one of only a dozen movies to do more than $60 million in its second weekend.
Rival studios have yet to report their box office results, but it appears that “Home” will score second place in terms of ticket sales, with newcomer “The Longest Ride” nabbing third place.
Prison comedy “Get Hard” picked up $8.6 million in its third weekend of release. The Warner Bros.film has earned $71.2 million.
In limited release, “Ex Machina” did impressive business, picking up $249,956 from four screens. The science-fiction thriller was buoyed by sterling reviews.
Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” performed well after expanding from 34 to 246 screens, earning $1.4 million. The comic look at a documentarian in the throes of a mid-life crisis has earned $2.4 million since debuting three weeks ago.
The Weinstein Company’s “Woman in Gold” also had a big expansion, moving from 258 to 1,504 locations and earning $5.8 million in the process. The drama about a fight to recover art stolen by the Nazis has made north of $9 million in two weeks.
Backstage drama “Clouds of Sils Maria” opened to $69,729 on three screens, for a $23,243 per screen average.