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It is only April, and already Furious 7 is on track to become the movie to beat in terms of sheer gross income. It dropped in revenue by nearly 60%, but an estimated $60.6 million is still more than most films make in their first weekend, let alone their second. It is by far the top earner of the top ten ($252.5 million domestic, $800.5 million worldwide), winning out handily against Home (estimated $19 million) once again. Home still struggles worldwide to make good on its $135 million costs, but both are doing a sight better than the debut of The Longest Ride. Yet another adaptation of a bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, its estimated $13.5 million weekend is roughly on par with most Sparks releases, but probably will not reach the lofty heights of The Notebook, the highest grosser of his to date.
Get Hard fell to fourth and may not be a winner with critics, but »
- Seth Paul
With $59.6 million, Furious 7 easily held on to first place at the domestic box office. It also got off to an incredible start in China, where it set the opening day record with $68.8 million.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's 60 percent drop was a slight improvement over Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, both of which fell over 62 percent in their second frames. On Sunday, it passed Fast & Furious 6 to become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise with $251.5 million. Without any serious competition for the next two weeks, the movie is guaranteed to earn at least $350 million total.Worldwide, Furious 7 is already the highest-grossing Fast movie with $801 million. It's now on track to become one of the biggest movies ever with at least $1.2 billion.DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) held on to the second spot with $18.5 million, which is down 31 percent from last weekend. To date, its earned $129.1 million, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Now must a pretty good time to work at Universal Pictures. In just 10 days, Furious 7 has sped up the box office charts and is now the seventh biggest grosser in the company’s history. The sixth sequel to The Fast and the Furious dropped 59% but still zoomed ahead of anything else playing in theaters, earning an estimated $60.6 million in its sophomore weekend. That is the 12th biggest second weekend of all time, just behind The Dark Knight Rises ($62.1 million). Despite that hefty drop, the film held better in its second lap than the past three films in the franchise, which dropped between 61% and 64%. The slightly lower dip can be contributed to strong word-of-mouth and minimal new competition this weekend.
With a staggering $252.5 million in 10 days, Furious 7 is already the highest grossing film in the franchise in North America, besting Fast and Furious 6‘s $238.7 million. Without a lot of big openers until May, »
- Jordan Adler
Just over a week after release, Universal's "Furious 7" has already past the $800 million mark at the worldwide box-office. This essentially guarantees that the film will become the first in the series, and the first Universal film, to top the $1 billion mark.
It also has already surpassed the $789 million total worldwide gross of the previous film in the series, "Fast & Furious 6". Domestically, "Furious 7" earned a further $60.6 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $252.5 million.
The film got a boost internationally thanks to the $68.6 million opening in China where it also scored the highest-grossing one-day result ever in the country. It also opened to a solid $15 million in Russia.
The only major wide opener this weekend in the U.S., the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel "The Longest Ride," came in third with $13.5 million which is about on par with other films based »
- Garth Franklin
It wasn’t even a contest.
“Furious 7″ roared to the top of the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, picking up $60.6 million and driving its Stateside total to a massive $252.5 million. That’s a slender 59% drop from the Universal Pictures release’s record-breaking $147.2 million debut and puts “Furious 7″ on track to be the highest-grossing film in the history of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
“People feel like they’re living through the summer movie season right now even though it’s not summer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “It’s the essence of a popcorn movie.”
It’s also the essence of perfect timing. By debuting in April, “Furious 7″ avoided being cannibalized by other major summer tentpole films. The next heavyweight to enter the multiplexes is “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which doesn’t hit screens until May 1.
“Studios are not »
- Brent Lang
“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. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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 »
- Dave McNary
Scott Eastwood is starving. On a recent afternoon, the 29-year-old heartthrob barrels into a conference room at Twentieth Century Fox after a morning of press for his new movie, “The Longest Ride,” where he plays a bull-wrangling cowboy. He eyes the lunch buffet, unwrapping tinfoil and stacking two plates with chicken, fish and vegetables, a potluck for one. Then he sits down and realizes he might need to devour this meal with his bare hands. “I don’t have a fork,” says Eastwood, the son of screen legend Clint. “I don’t know what’s going on here.” A publicist rushes over with silverware. “Ah, ah, woo-hoo! You got some forks for us,” Eastwood says.
Even though he’s acted for 12 years, mostly in smaller roles, Eastwood’s career is now on the upswing. Eastwood has just arrived in New York from Hawaii, where he plays a Nsa agent in »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Chicago – “The Longest Ride” is sentimental schlockmeister Nicholas Sparks’ latest attempt to remix “The Notebook.” It’s got an old man recounting lost love, handwritten letters, young lovers kissing in the rain, breakups, reunions, corny dialogue and of course those North Carolina backdrops. He’s playing all the same notes, but this time he’s lost the melody.
The first of two love stories this time around revolves around young Wake Forest art student (Britt Robertson). She’s got two months until she leaves for the big city and heads to Manhattan for an internship at a prestigious art gallery. Her sorority sisters drag her to a bull riding event and she locks eyes with handsome cowboy Scott Eastwood (Clint’s youngest son). He’s a pro rider trying to bounce back from a debilitating injury the year before. Just like that, romance is born. But the chemistry never materializes. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
From The Notebook to Dear John, and A Walk to Remember, nobody does romance quite like novelist Nicholas Sparks. Another one of his romances gets the page-to-screen treatment this week. The Longest Ride, which heads into theatres today, follows two couples separated by a generation and a war.
Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood play Sophia and Luke, respectively, a NYC-bound artist and a champion bull rider that may be pulled apart by their ambitions. However, after a chance meeting with an older man name Ira (Alan Alda) and learning about his beloved wife (Oona Chaplin), the young couple may reconsider their priorities.
If you’re not in the mood for a love story, Al Pacino has your back. His newest film, Danny Collins, hits theatres this weekend. Pacino plays an aging 1970s rocker based on the true story of folk singer Steven Tilston. The film, which played last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Cineplex Entertainment
Okay multiplex maniacs, before we make a most welcome return visit to the Marvel Movie Universe, it’s time for that annual (sometimes semi-annual) slog into another movie universe, Sparks-land. I’m talking about another flick based on another product off the novel assembly line from Nicholas Sparks. Box office gold occurred with The Notebook eleven (!) years ago and the studios have been returning with pick, shovel, and camera to that mine ever since. Just like cinema stars and franchises, he’s a brand name. It’s just a question of which familiar themes will be re-hashed and which photogenic actors will be put through some now familiar paces. But hey, we may get a surprise, although this one’s title seems more than a little daunting. Are you ready to embark on The Longest Ride?
- Jim Batts
Here's one more reason to love Ryan Gosling! The sexy star was making his promotional rounds for his directorial debut, "The Lost River," where he was interrupted mid-interview during a chat with The Telegraph by a text on his phone. Check out the video above to see the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" actor's adorable reaction! After his phone rang, Gosling threw it across the room ... seemingly ashamed that he didn't remember to silence it. The reporter asked an embarrassed Ryan if he has a phone policy on his sets, to which he said he would "just go nuts" and take his "shirt off and start swinging." Gosling's baby momma, Eva Mendes, made headlines in March when she said that the number one cause of divorce is wearing sweatpants, during an interview with Extra. But the actor took to Twitter to defend his lady love and clarify that the brunette beauty was only joking. »
- tooFab Staff
There are two types of Nicholas Sparks adaptations. The first is much more common, being the boring, sappy romances where love is the most powerful force in the world and people cry and die (i.e. The Notebook). The second is the stupid, cuckoo bananas romance, terribly pulling in other genre elements to make a hodgepodge bit of nonsense (i.e. Safe Haven). The second is so much more fun to watch, and anytime I start a Sparks film I am hoping for that film. Unfortunately, The Longest Ride, the most recent Sparks adaptation, falls into the first category, and it made me fall in love... with my watch (nailed it!). In the ancient past of 2007, Britt Robertson, whose character's name escapes me (an IMDb search reveals it's Sophia Danko) and it was all I could to do remember she was "not Jennifer Lawrence", is studying art at Wake Forest. »
- Mike Shutt
Sometimes it's no fun being Ryan Gosling. No, not the actor who's the beloved star of The Notebook and Blue Valentine, but the filmmaker who saw his deeply-personal directorial debut Lost River savaged by critics at Cannes last year. Debuting three years after Drive blew the roof off the festival's Palais, Lost River received the kind of drubbing that'd have you believe it was a crime against cinema.
Fast forward to now and it's arriving to the masses with around 15 minutes shorn from the Cannes cut - diminished expectations end up doing it lot of favours. Gosling shoots for the stars with Lost River and doesn't quite make it, but why vilify him for showing ambition? Had this been made by a first-timer who wasn't an A-list actor, »
That’s because “Furious 7″ is breathing some pretty rarefied air right now, having recorded the ninth-largest domestic opening of all time with its stunning $147.2 million bow. Analysts say it’s safe to predict a big drop in its sophomore weekend, but determining how precipitous a decline it will suffer is the challenge.
Because the opening results were so outsized, look for “Furious 7″ to dip by more than 50%, ending its follow-up weekend with between $65 million and $70 million. That will push its Stateside total over the $200 million mark as “Furious 7″ looks to become the first film in the series to top $1 billion globally.
The film could end up holding better than expected, however. Paul Walker’s death »
- Brent Lang
I’m a huge fan of Ryan Gosling as an actor, frankly considering him to be among the very best of this generation. As such, I was very interesting in his first foray behind the camera, which happens to be the dark fairy tale of sorts Lost River. He’s worked with some top notch directors in the past, so some interesting things had to have rubbed off on him. Well, he wears a number of influences on his sleeve in Lost River, oddly enough including David Lynch in a huge way. His debut film is a divisive one, but it’s a debut that I think suggests a bright future as a filmmaker. Gosling has a who’s who list of directors that he’s worked with in his career so far, including Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine and »
- Joey Magidson
Since 1999, with "Message in a Bottle," his films have earned more than $800 million. Lately, however, his appeal seems to be dwindilng, at least for moviegoers. Last year's "The Best of Me," starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, had the lowest opening yet of any the films based on his books. Will the latest adaptation, "The Longest Ride," stars Scott Eastwood (yep, son of Clint) do better?
It wasn't easy -- since rarely have critics and audiences disagreed more -- but we ranked Sparks's movie adaptations from best to worst. »
- Sharon Knolle
With real life bull fighters entertaining the crowds, Hollywood Boulevard was shut down last night for the premiere of the latest Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) adaption, The Longest Ride, at the world famous Chinese Theatre. Lead stars Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson were on the red carpet, along with Sparks himself, and director George Tillman Jr. Check out some images from the event below. As well as a glimpse at the glamour of the premiere, we have a new clip from the romantic drama, featuring the meet cute between Luke (Eastwood) and Sophia (Robertson). Released: 19th June »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Nobody does romance like Nicholas Sparks! Now, the latest adaptation of Sparks’ work is getting the big screen treatment and heading into theatres this Friday.
The Longest Ride tells two parallel tales of love and loss that explore the nature of what it means to sacrifice it all for the one you love. Sophia (Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson), and Luke (Scott Eastwood) are unlikely lovers whose lives become intertwined with a much older man, Ira (Alan Alda). As he reflects on his long lost love, we see his story of the past unfold through Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin whose romance offers wisdom and insight to the younger couple.
The Longest Ride marks the 10th film adaptation of a Sparks novel. While The Notebook might be the most popular of his page-to-screen adaptations, it was 1999’s Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright that began the wave »
- Rachel West
If you were to gain access to the computer where Nicholas Sparks writes his books, I'll bet you'd find that "search and replace" is the most commonly used function. "The Longest Ride" is the latest movie to escape from the popular romance writer's head, and it is about as flimsy an exercise in formula as you're likely to see this year. It's not that it is unprofessionally made, or that it lacks the polish of a typical studio release. Far from it. The film is handsomely produced, and everyone does exactly what they were hired to do, both in front of the camera and behind it. It would not surprise me if most reviews for this film are openly hostile. It is a wretched piece of writing, and an absurd final product. It almost seems pointless to pile on, though. The audience who loves Sparks is going to go see »
- Drew McWeeny
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