Furious 7 still first as Avengers: Age Of Ultron sets international territories alight
By Rich Matthews
This was always going to be a quiet weekend at the domestic box office, with most studios take a breather before the summer kicks off in earnest next weekend with the US bow of Disney/Marvel's mega-blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron. So it's no surprise that Universal's Furious 7 continued its winning pace to stay in pole position once again.
Adding $18.3m to take its homegrown total to $320.5m, Furious 7 is a bona fide juggernaut, heading towards $1.5bn at the worldwide box office. Its progress was stymied somewhat by the debut of the aforementioned superhero smorgasbord Age Of Ultron, which positively blasted away all comers with a breathtaking take of $201.2m, which is approximately 44 per cent ahead of the original Avengers – and that's only from 55 per cent of the market, placing first everywhere it opened. With a $215m domestic debut on the cards next weekend, Ultron could be staring down $1bn in less than 10 days on release.
The only new release who posed any kind of challenge to Furious 7 in the US was Blake Lively romantic fantasy The Age of Adeline, which looked like a genuine contender on Friday, when it won the top spot. Alas, the Lakeshore/Sidney Kimmel title dimmed on subsequent days and finished up third with $13.2m. And sitting stoically between Adaline and the FF gang, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, starring Kevin James, grossed $15.5m to come second, only dropping 35 per cent from its opening weekend to hit $44m all in ($54.1m worldwide). No other new title even made into the top 10.
That left, from four to 10, Dreamworks alien animation Home ($8.3m, $153.8m US, $281.1m worldwide), Universal low-budget horror Unfriended ($6.2m, $25.2m), Alex Garland's indie sci-fi indie breakout Ex Machina ($5.4m, $6.9m, $14m), Clint's son Scott Eastwood in The Longest Ride ($4.4m, $30.4m, $36.5m), Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart acting tough in prison comedy Get Hard ($3.9m, $84.1m, $99.8m), Disney nature doc Monkey Kingdom ($3.6m, $10.3m) and Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds chasing art in Woman In Gold ($3.5m, $21.6m, $25.5m).
Next weekend is all about how big Avengers: Age Of Ultron can be. The biggest three-day weekend at the US box office stands at just shy of $270m across all films – could Ultron be THAT big?