Friday Report: 'Furious 7' Scores Massive $67.3 Million on Opening Day
by Ray Subers
April 4, 2015
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Furious 7 opened to a stunning $67.3 million on Friday, which puts it on track to earn close to $150 million over the three-day weekend.
That opening day ranks 10th all-time, and is on par with The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight. It's up 74 percent on Fast & Furious 6, which was the previous best debut in the 14-year-old franchise. In a single day, Furious 7 has already earned more than the third installment in the franchise (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) grossed during its entire run.
The big question now is how well the movie holds up on Saturday and Sunday. Reviews are good, and word-of-mouth is strong ("A" CinemaScore), though this is also part of a franchise that's notoriously front-loaded. The low-end forecast is around $135 million, which would be double the Friday number; on the high end, it would play like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and wind up with nearly $180 million.
With the Easter holiday falling on Sunday, it's unlikely this has enough gas to pass $160 million. Still, a debut in the $150-million-plus range is very possible; that would place Furious 7 in the Top 10 openings ever.
In a distant second place, DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) added an estimated $11.3 million. With tons of kids off from school for Good Friday, the movie fell a light 28 percent week-over-week. To date, Home has earned $79.5 million.
Get Hard didn't fare quite so well, plummeting 61 percent to an estimated $5 million. Through eight days, the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy has earned $49.1 million.
Similar to Home, Cinderella benefited from the school holiday: the movie eased 16 percent to $4.1 million, which brings its total to $161 million. By the end of the weekend, it will be the highest-grossing movie from 2015 (though Furious 7 will take that title on Monday or Tuesday).
The Divergent Series: Insurgent rounded out the Top Five with $4 million (down 42 percent). It's earned $97.4 million so far, and will pass $100 million sometime today.
Playing at 258 locations, Woman in Gold earned an estimated $613,000 on Friday. For the weekend, it will likely wind up with around $1.5 million.
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• Forecast: 'Furious 7' to Race Past $100 Million This Weekend
• Grosses for Friday, April 3, 2015
• 2015 Domestic Box Office