Weekend Box Office: FURIOUS 7 Breaks April Record Over Easter

Weekend Box Office

Over the Easter holiday, Furious 7 sets new opening weekend record for the month of April with a massive $143.6-million domestic opening that all topped analysts’ expectations.

Prerelease estimates put the opening weekend gross at between $115 million and $120 million at most.

Moreover, the movie will mark the best opening weekend for the Fast and Furious franchise and is more in line with Iron Man 3 and The Dark Knight, which went on to $174 million and $158 million openings. The James Wan‘s last film added another $240.4 million overseas.

Obviously, audiences flocked to see Paul Walker in one of his final roles. His work on Furious 7 was completed by using digital technology and a series of stand-ins. The film, which cost $190 million to make, received a strong A CinemaScore and I think you can expect it to stick around the top ten for quite some time.

DreamWorks Animation’s Home held up okay on its second weekend with $27.4 million, down 47% from its opening weekend.

The Will FerrellKevin Hart R-rated comedy Get Hard earned $12.93 million on its second weekend, dropping a heavy 62%.

Disney’s live action Cinderella snagged a fourth place finish in its fourth weekend, adding about $10.3 million.

Rounding out the weekend top five, Summit Entertainment’s Veronica Roth adaptation The Divergent Series: Insurgent added $10 million to its domestic box office total that reaches $103,4 million. See the full Rentrak top-ten list below.

Estimates Rentrak

Next weekend gives us the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride from Fox.