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Furious 7 surges past the $1bn mark

2015-04-19 22:50

Los Angeles - Furious 7 surged ahead of its North American box office competition for a third straight week, taking in an estimated $29m to hit the $1bn in worldwide ticket sales.

The strong weekend showing gives the car racing action flick a $294m haul in the US and Canada since its release and giving the movie certifiable blockbuster status.

The franchise of all seven Fast and Furious films has brought in a record-breaking $3.39bn, NBCUniversal said.

Slapstick comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 debuted in the second spot with $24m in estimated sales and stars Kevin James as the hapless, scooter-driving security guard.

Another newcomer, Unfriended, took third on the charts with $16m in sales, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The social media horror flick starring Heather Sossaman finds a chat room of friends haunted by an online account of a dead friend.

Animated children's film Home, about an unpopular space alien forced to flee his own kind, earned the fourth spot on the chart with $10.3m in estimated sales.

The film, featuring the voices of celebrities Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, has brought in $142.6m overall.

In its second week, romance novel adaptation The Longest Ride, brought in $6.85m for the fifth spot following its third place debut. The movie stars Scott Eastwood, the son of actor-director Clint Eastwood.

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