Fast & Furious 7 becomes quickest film ever to reach $1bn globally

Paul Walker’s final film continues to break records while audiences are less impressed with Tom Hardy’s latest

Fast and Furious 7 led the US box office over the weekend for the third consecutive week, scoring another $29.1m (£19.5m) to add to its $294.4m (£197.3m) total.

The hit sequel, which features the last on-screen appearance of Paul Walker, also broke a global record by becoming the fastest film to ever make $1bn at the box office. By the end of Sunday, it had made $1.153bn, which now makes it the seventh biggest film of all time.

In second place was the Kevin James comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 which made a decent $24m. It’s impressive when you look at the film’s 0% Rotten Tomatoes rating but less so when you look at the opening for the first film, which was a stellar $31.8m.

Making a strong impression in third place was another new entry, the social media horror movie Unfriended. The film made $16m from a budget of just $1m and marked yet another cheaply made success story for Blumhouse, the production company behind The Boy Next Door (budget: $4m, global box office: $48m), Ouija (budget: $5m, global box office: $99m) and The Purge (budget: $3m, global box office: $89m).

Elsewhere, animated adventure Home continued to do strong business in fourth place, adding another $10.3m to its $142.6m total while the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride fell fast with $6.8m for a $23.5m total.

Outside of the top 10, the Jonah Hill/James Franco thriller True Story opened with an unspectacular $1.9m from 831 screens. Doing far worse however was the Tom Hardy/Gary Oldman thriller Child 44 which made just $600k from 500 cinemas. The film had a $50m budget but had suffered from negative buzz and dismal reviews.

The biggest arthouse hit for the second weekend running was Alex Garland’s sci-fi drama Ex Machina which made $814k from just 39 cinemas, giving it the biggest screen average for any film in release.

Powered by article was written by Benjamin Lee, for on Monday 20th April 2015 09.18 Europe/London

US box office chart 17-19 April

  1. Fast & Furious 7: $29.1m, $294.4m
  2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: $24m – New
  3. Unfriended: $16m – New
  4. Home: $10.3m, $142.6m
  5. The Longest Ride: $6.8m, $23.5m
  6. Get Hard: $6.8m, $78.2m
  7. Monkey Kingdom: $4.7m – New
  8. Woman in Gold: $4.5m
  9. The Divergent Series: Insurgent: $4.1m, $120.6m
  10. Cinderella: $3.8m, $186.3m © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010