Thanks to little competition and a $60.6 million weekend, “Furious 7” easily held on to first place at the domestic box office. It also got off to an incredible start in China, where it set the opening day record with $68.6 million.
The film suffered a 59 percent drop from week one, but that’s a slight improvement over the 62 percent plus that “Fast Five” and “Fast & Furious 6” had in week two. On Sunday, “Furious 7” passed Fast 6 to become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise with $252.5 million.
Meanwhile, around the world “Furious 7” has earned $548 million. The movie doesn’t face any serious competition for the next two weeks, meaning the movie is all but guaranteed to earn at least $1 billion globally.
The only new movie this weekend was the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Longest Ride” which opened to an estimated $13.5 million from 3,366 locations. The movie stars Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood, something that probably didn’t help getting people into the theatres.
On the bright side, Britt Robertson has “Tomorrowland” coming up, and Scott’s dad still talks to empty chairs. The one bit of good news for “The Longest Ride” is that it scored a decent “A” Cinemascore. Not that it’ll help much in the coming weeks.