Furious 7 makes Fast mo-HOLY MOTHER OF CRAP, THAT’S MORE THAN I’LL MAKE IN 11 LIFETIMES, and Other Box Office News.
by Callum Petch (Twitter: @CallumPetch)
OK, let’s see if I still know how to do this…
I think we all expected Furious 7 to do well. It’s the sequel to a series that has slowly become genuinely beloved as time has marched on, the last one made $97 million opening weekend – no, I have no idea how, and I say that as a fan of these movies – and it’s the last appearance of Paul Walker and, let’s face it, we were all morbidly curious to see how they dealt with it in film. Oh, yeah, and the film itself is pretty great and stuff. So, a high debut was pretty much guaranteed. That didn’t stop me from flinging out the shocked profanity when I saw that it made $67 million on opening day alone. I mean, $67 million! That’s more than the GDP of some countries in a year! In one day!
Furious 7 would close out the weekend with $143 million, officially the ninth best opening weekend ever for a film in America (assuming that actuals don’t drop it by about $800,000). Undoubtedly the film was kept from ridiculously stupid echelons of money by the fact that it opened on Easter weekend, making Saturday and Sunday totals come in lower than they otherwise could have… but then I remember that $143 million is still ridiculously stupid echelons of money and I go back to just being in awe of that total. I mean, aren’t you? And that’s not even mentioning the fact that the film also made $240 million overseas, and that’s not including China as it doesn’t open there until next week. All that money from a film with a predominately non-white cast. Y’know, it’s almost like Hollywood could learn something from this but I just don’t know what…
Despite that commanding performance, which we all sort of saw coming from multiple miles away, other films did attempt opening against Furious 7. They just correctly stuck to limited release. Best performing of the lot was Woman In Gold, the Weinsteins’ attempt to re-capture that Philomena magic kinda sorta maybe not really – the trailer gave me a lot of Philomena vibes, OK? On 258 screens, the film managed $2 million overall and actually broke into the chart itself, which isn’t bad at all. Chinese possibly-comedy – I can find sod all about this film on the Internet – Let’s Get Married did next best with $180,000 from 39 screens, with the Anton Yelchin romantic drama 5 To 7 bringing up the rear but technically doing the best with $19,600 from 2 screens. Indie films!
Elsewhere, before we get into the real meat of things, despite having collapsed disappointingly in America like a man who talks a big game about his bedding prowess but can only give you a few brief moments of satisfaction, Fifty Shades of Grey is now up to $400 million overseas from people who just don’t know how to quit this terrible movie. It Follows continues to post relatively strong numbers in its nationwide expansion despite it getting next-to-no-marketing and, unsurprisingly since these are the people who made Ouija a success, being rejected by the general public at large. Home dropped 47% between weekends but is still making good money, thank the Maker! And finally, The Gunman dropped out after 2 weeks and nothing of value was lost.
This Full List lives its life a quarter-mile at a time.
Box Office Results: Friday 3rd April 2015 – Sunday 5th April 2015
1] Furious 7
$143,623,000 / NEW
My review, for those of you who are interested. This is going to be a fun week; I have to go on two separate audio outlets and defend this movie against two separate misery guts who wouldn’t know what a fun movie was if it sla- (*remembers that Owen is the head of this site and hastily shuts up*)
$27,400,000 / $95,621,000
Home is the first DreamWorks Animation film since Shrek Forever After to be classified as Rotten because critics are unpleasable tits. Trust me, Home is great. Mind you, you probably already know that as you’ve likely already seen it, thank the Maker again! Seriously, even though it’s nothing particularly brilliant, Home being a success makes me really legitimately happy for both DreamWorks’ immediate future and for more diversity in our animated leads. Seriously, look at this image! LOOK AT THIS GODDAMN IMAGE! If your heart doesn’t swell with happiness looking at that, you are basically dead.
3] Get Hard
$12,925,000 / $57,004,000
I did see this last weekend, but I just never got around to reviewing it. Probably for the best, otherwise you would have read nearly 2,000 words of me insisting that Kevin Hart is actually a really funny guy honest! Seriously, he is a really funny guy, it’s just that his movies are really bad which makes my opinion come off as deluded for anybody who has only seen his terrible, terrible movies. Seriously, man. Pick better films! Quickly, whilst I still have a chance at convincing people of your talent!
$10,289,000 / $167,251,000
Didn’t review this one for one simple reason: I’m getting really self-conscious about the fact that I am a straight white guy writing frequently about women in film. Even the fact that I consider myself a feminist doesn’t help assuage the guilt and fear that I might be dictating how things should be with my man ways and such, and crowding out female voices which are far more important to this conversation. Therefore, I point you towards Tasha Robinson of The Dissolve whose thoughts basically line up with mine but are far better expressed than I ever could.
5] The Divergent Series: Insurgent
$10,000,000 / $103,385,000
I was on the Failed Critics Podcast two weeks back where I attempted to explain this stupid, stupid universe to people who either hadn’t seen the movies or couldn’t remember the movies. It was fun, even though I’m still 80% certain that I am the drunk stepchild that everybody puts up with out of politeness whenever I show up on there.
6] It Follows
$2,465,000 / $8,541,000
I’m looking forward to finally watch this when it hits Blu-Ray. At home. With all of the lights on. And the ability to pause and/or mute the film when it inevitably pushes my nerves beyond breaking point. Have I ever mentioned that I am really bad when it comes to horror?
7] Woman In Gold
$2,004,000 / NEW
8] Kingsman: The Secret Service
$1,700,000 / $122,260,000
With Home about to cross the mark sometime this week, that will make 7 films in the space of just over 3 months that have made $100 million at the domestic box office – 8 if you want to also count American Sniper from last year. If I hear or see any “The Domestic Box Office Is Dying!” thinkpieces at any point this year, I am going to go f*cking nuclear. Fair warning.
9] Do You Believe?
$1,500,000 / $9,811,000
…in life after love? After love? After love? After love?
10] The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
$1,000,000 / $30,059,000
Has anybody else seen the trailer for The Lady In The Van yet? If not, go do so. It’s not out until November, which clearly means that this is being positioned as one last Best Actress roll call for Maggie Smith, but it looks so off-beat and distinctly and truly British – in the way that films like The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game could only dream of being – that I’m really intrigued by it. There are still 7 months to go until I can actually see the thing, but I’ve already got a good feeling about it! I’m optimistic!
Dropped Out: Run All Night, The Gunman