Furious 7 burns Paul Blart 2 in theaters, Unfriended expands as a thrilling success
Universal Pictures’ latest action-film ‘Fast & Furious 7’ managed to hold-on to the number-one spot at the box-office this weekend, despite several new films hitting domestic theaters. With over $29M across the country, ‘Fast and Furious 7’ now sits at just over $294M domestically, the film was released earlier this month. This marks the seventh installment to the popular franchise, ‘Furious 7′ stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson and was directed by James Wan.
Sony Pictures’ new film ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ opened this weekend to an impressive $24M domestic total, the comedy stars Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez and Eduardo Verástegui. In the follow-up film, Paul Blart is finally on vacation, but while he is relaxing in Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college, Blart notices that not everything is as safe as it seems at the casino. The film was directed by Andy Fickman.
‘Unfriended’ is a new thriller-horror from Universal that was only recently expanded to more theaters. The film saw an incredible limited release, which led to the domestic expansion. ‘Unfriended’ earned $16M over the weekend in theaters, opening to 2,973 locations across the country. The thriller stars Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer and Courtney Halverson, and follows the haunting of a group of friends from a recently bullied teen that is seemingly back for revenge beyond the grave. The film was directed by Levan Gabriadze.
The animated comedy ‘Home’ from 20th Century Fox continues to remain in the top-five this week with $10M domestically. The film has now earned over $142M since it was released back on March 27, 2015. Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin helped voice the cast of the film, which tells the story of an alien fugitive that crashes to Earth and teams-up with a young girl looking for her mom. Tim Johnson directed the film.
Finishing-up the top-five this week is the 20th Century Fox film ‘The Longest Ride,’ starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson and Alan Alda. The romantic-drama is based on a popular Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name and tells the story of a couple trying to endure hardships after a young rodeo-star suffers a tragic accident that nearly paralyzed him. The film has made over $23M domestically and was directed by George Tillman Jr..
Also opening this weekend, but missing the top-five, was the Disney film ‘Monkey Kingdom.’ The eco-friendly film earned $4.7M as a limited release in theaters. ‘True Story’ was also a limited-release, this time from Fox Searchlight, and stars James Franco, Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones. The film tells the story of former New York Times reporter Michael Finkel after meeting accused killer Christian Longo. The film earned $1.9M in an estimated 831 theaters.