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'Furious 7' surges past the $1 billion mark

20 april 2015, 12:40
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The actor Vin Diesel as he attends the premiere of 'Furious 7' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. ©AFP
The actor Vin Diesel as he attends the premiere of 'Furious 7' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. ©AFP

 "Furious 7" surged ahead of its North American box office competition for a third straight week, taking in an estimated $29 million to hit $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, AFP reports.

The strong weekend showing gives the car racing action flick a $294 million 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 $3.39 billion, NBCUniversal said.

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

Another newcomer, "Unfriended," took third on the charts with $16 million 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 $10.3 million in estimated sales.

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

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

The Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart buddy comedy "Get Hard" about a prison-bound investment banker and car washer took in $4.8 million for the sixth spot on the chart.

New nature documentary "Monkey Kingdom," narrated by actress Tina Fey, made its debut in the seventh box office spot with $4.7 million in sales.

The film follows a newborn and mother toque macaque in the wilds of Sri Lanka.

In eight place with $4.6 million was "Woman in Gold," the true story of an elderly Holocaust survivor trying to get back her Nazi-looted artwork from Austria.

Action-packed "Insurgent," the second film based on Veronica Roth's best-selling "Divergent" book series, came in ninth place, adding $4.1 million for $120.6 million after five weeks on the charts.

The live-action reboot of "Cinderella" took 10th place, with $3.9 million in estimated ticket sales.

The Disney film has been on the charts for six weeks, bringing in a total of $186.3 million.


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