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Furious 7 maintains pole position at the box office

2015-04-13 11:47

New York — The high-octane thriller Furious 7 maintained speed in its second week, racing away with $60.6m at North American theaters and bringing its box-office total to a robust $252.5m, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Universal's Furious 7 more than lapped the competition. The only new wide release of the weekend, the rodeo romance The Longest Ride, opened with $13.5m.

That was good enough for third place for the Fox release, which stars Clint Eastwood's son, Scott Eastwood. In second was the DreamWorks animated alien adventure Home, which pulled in $19m in its third week of release.

But Furious 7 continued to dominate the marketplace, dropping only 59% from its remarkable $147.2m debut last weekend. Globally, it has already crossed $800m in its first two weeks of release, according to Universal.

The weekend international total — an eye-popping $195m — was boosted by the film premiering in China on Sunday, where it earned an estimated $68.6m in just one day.

Over 10 days, Furious 7, which prominently features a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, has already out-grossed all previous installments of the 14-year-old franchise.

At its current pace, Furious 7 will likely become the highest grossing film in Universal's history. The studio's Jurassic Park, from 1993, holds Universal's mark with $1.02bn worldwide.

It's a summer blockbuster-sized result for Furious 7, but by opening in April, it has little competition in its way. On a much smaller scale, the critically acclaimed science-fiction film Ex Machina drew the year's largest theater average of $62 489 in four theaters.

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