Universal’s “Furious 7” is maintaining plenty of heat at the U.S. box office with a second weekend of about $60 million at 4,004 locations, according to early estimates.
Despite the 58% decline, “Furious 7” will become one of only a dozen movies to chalk up a second weekend above $60 million should the estimate hold.
Romance “The Longest Ride” has launched respectably for Fox with about $14 million at 3,365 locations, with $5.5 million on Friday, as the romance offers counterprogramming to the action-packed tentpole. It opened with $625,000 at 2,360 locations in the U.S. at Thursday shows starting at 8 p.m.
“Furious 7″ recorded the ninth-largest domestic opening of all time last weekend with a still-stunning $147.2 million launch, then added on $45 million in the next four days. This weekend will make it the 88th movie to cross the $250 million mark.
In addition an array of memorable stunts and action, “Furious 7” also carries the poignancy of Paul Walker’s death in a 2013 car crash at the age of 40.
“The Longest Ride,” based on a Nicholas Sparks novel about a bull rider and a college student, will battle for second place with the third weekend of DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” — also handled by Fox. “Home” has taken in a respectable $110 million in its first two weeks.
“The Longest Ride” carries an economical pricetag of $34 million and stars Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson. Sparks has seen solid box office with other adaptations of his novels such as “The Notebook” and “Dear John.”
Disney’s fifth weekend of “Cinderella” and Warner Bros. third session of “Get Hard” will fight for fourth in the $7 million to $8 million range.