No surprises this weekend, just like there will be no surprises next weekend when Avengers: Age of Ultron absolutely destroys Furious 7 and knocks it from the top of the box office hill hill.
Furious 7 has surpassed $1.3 billion gross, which is absolutely shocking (well, not really) for such a mediocre, cliched franchise. Fully 75% of that gross ($1 billion) is from overseas markets. Mindless action dominates in foreign markets, where truly horrible movies can sometimes make 4-5 times their domestic take. In fact, many Hollywood studios are beginning to develop and cater films specifically for overseas markets, China mainly as they will soon (2018) surpass the United States as the biggest movie market on the planet. This is one of the reasons movie fans are being subjected to utter drivel in the theaters . . . Hollywood truly is dumbing down stories and dialogue, while ratcheting up the visuals and action, so they can easily transfer and make movies accessible in foreign markets.
Anyway, more ranting on that at another time perhaps.
Avengers: Age of Ultron made $200 million overseas in two days overseas, and it’s not yet even opened in the North American market. Expect insane box office numbers next weekend.
This weekend’s only new, and true, speculative fiction film is the critically lauded (90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) Ex Machina which opened to wide release. It was met with tepid, if not outright cold, reception at the box office coming in at #6 on the list.
Age of Adeline, a romantic fantasy about a woman who stops aging, came in at #3 on the list but I expect it to fade fast. Conversely, I expect Ex Machina to have some legs as word of mouth spreads, and considering it’s only being show on 1/3rd the number of screens at Furious 7.
North American Weekend Box Office: Apr 24-26, 2015
|This Week||Last Week||Film||Weekend Gross|
|2||2||Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||$15,500,000|
|3||New||The Age of Adaline||$13,375,000|
|7||5||The Longest Ride||$4,365,000|
|10||7||Woman in Gold||$3,501,000|