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‘Furious 7′ Heads for $60.2 Million Weekend, Crossing $250 Million Mark

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Image Courtesy of Scott Garfield / Universal

Furious 7” is blowing the competition out of the water on its second lap at the box office, despite a sharp drop from its historic debut last weekend.

The Universal sequel earned $18.8 million on Friday in the U.S., putting it on track for a second weekend of $60.2 million. As expected, that’s miles ahead of “The Longest Ride,” which is headed for a $13.6 million opening.

“Furious 7” — down 59% from last weekend’s staggering $147.2 million launch –- will likely become one of only a dozen movies to earn above $60 million in its sophomore weekend. The decline is in line with previous “The Fast and the Furious” installments.

And the records keep rolling in. After becoming the ninth-largest domestic opening of all time, it just crossed $200 million in only eight days, making it the fastest Universal film to reach the milestone. It took “Despicable Me 2” 11 days to hit that mark. “Furious 7” is also set to become, by weekend’s end, the 88th movie to pass $250 million.

Romancer “The Longest Ride” opened to $5.5 million on Friday as it heads for a respectable $13.6 million this weekend — less than “Furious 7’s” Friday earnings. The film was neck and neck with another Fox property, DreamWorks Animation’s “Home,” for second place on Friday, but ultimately landed in third.

Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, “The Longest Ride” stars Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood, as a bull-riding champion and Britt Robertson as a college student who fall in love. The most recent Sparks adaptation, “The Best of Me,” opened to $10 million late last year, but that’s not the norm for his titles. “Dear John” has been the author’s biggest debut to date, opening to $30.5 million in 2012, while 2004’s “The Notebook” has been his highest-grossing movie, with $81 million.

“The Longest Ride” carries a modest $34 million budget.

Meanwhile, “Home” brought in $5.6 million in its third weekend at the U.S. box office. It has its eyes set on $19 million this weekend, which would raise its cume to an impressive $130 million.

Warner Bros.’ “Get Hard” came in fourth with $2.6 million in its third frame, en route to an $8.5 million weekend.

“Cinderella” rounded out the top five. Disney’s live-action adaptation earned $2.3 million as it waltzed to $8 million in its fifth weekend, which would bring its total haul to more than $180 million.