Furious 7 is off to a hot start overseas after earning $43 million on Thursday in 33 new territories, adding to the $17 million it scored on Wednesday. The film grossed the highest all-time opening day returns in 15 markets including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, India, Israel, and the Middle East.
Furious 7 is set to open in 63 territories on 10,500 screens with significant markets in Russia, Japan, and China still to come. Be sure to track our coverage of Furious 7 here and stay tuned to our global update on Sunday for a full look at the numbers.
Fox reports that DreamWorks' Home added $3.41 million on Wednesday, easily retaining first place. The surprise hit animated flick has tallied $63.7 million in its first six days, nearly 12 percent ahead of the pace of The Croods and just 8 percent behind Monsters vs. Aliens.
Get Hard held second place again yesterday with $2.3 million. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy team-up has pulled a solid $41.75 million through its first six days, 55 percent ahead of The Wedding Ringer's pace and 1 percent ahead of Blades of Glory.
In third, The Divergent Series: Insurgent posted $1.69 million on Wednesday, down 34.5 percent from last week. The sequel's 13-day cume stands at $91.4 million, about 8 percent behind the pace of Divergent.
Cinderella eased 25 percent from last week to $2.225 million yesterday. Disney' latest fairy tell retelling has taken in $154.9 million to date, just a little over 10 percent less than Maleficent through the same point.
It Follows filled out the top five again yesterday with another $0.36 million from 1,218 locations. The buzzy indie horror has tallied $5.68 million thus far and will expand to 1,655 locations this weekend.
With March behind us, the first quarter of 2015 officially rang up a hearty $2.47 billion at the domestic box office -- slightly improving 3 percent over 2014. This also marks the third best yearly start on record, landing behind 2010 ($2.64 billion) and 2012 ($2.59 billion).
Driving much of 2015's early success were unexpected smash hits -- most obviously American Sniper, which has earned $344 million since its wide release in January. Officially considered a 2014 film due to its limited opening on Christmas Day, Sniper stands as that year's highest grossing movie (the first non-franchise film to do "win a year" since 1998's Saving Private Ryan).
February delivered its share of surprises, too. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water has claimed over $160 million to-date, while Kingsman: The Secret Service stands at $120 million through yesterday -- impressive hauls for films that weren't generally expected to top $100 million or much more. Of course, the reigning champion of 2015 (for now) remains Fifty Shades of Grey with just over $165 million in the bank. The adaptation lived up to its pre-release box office hype by generating a February record $85.2 million opening weekend.
Other notable hits include Cinderella, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Taken 3, and last weekend's expectation-shattering debut from Home.
As is usual this time of year, several 2014 holdovers also performed well during the post-holiday/awards season. The Imitation Game and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ranked among the first quarter's top ten calendar grosses.
Unfortunately, March itself couldn't keep up the pace as it generated a relatively lackluster $703.1 million -- down nearly 13 percent from last year and marking the weakest March market since 2011's $682.1 million. Over the last ten years, last month ranks in the middle of the pack.
This year has proven a few things: family flicks are hot during the "slower" months of the year (as already evidenced by last year's LEGO Movie, among other), and the hits seem to hit bigger while the misses miss a little harder. Key releases that just couldn't land their marks over the past three months were Mortdecai ($7.7 million), Blackhat ($7.9 million), and Unfinished Business ($10.2 million)... just to name a few.
Things should begin turning around again quickly, though. Furious 7 is aiming to claim the best April opening of all-time (set by last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier) with its imminent debut over Good Friday/Easter weekend. And of course, one of the most anticipated sequels in a very long time drops exactly one month from today when Avengers: Age of Ultron begins its inevitable box office dominance.
The year has only just begun.
Movie / Release Date / 2015 Gross
1. American Sniper / December 25 (limited) / $344.2 million
1. Fifty Shades of Grey / February 13 / $165.1 million
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water / February 6 / $160.4 million
4. Cinderella / March 13 / $153.3 million
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service / February 13 / $120 million
6. The Divergent Series: Insurgent / March 20 / $89.7 million
7. Taken 3 / January 9 / $89 million
8. Paddington / January 16 / $74.8 million
9. The Imitation Game / November 28 / $70.6 million
10. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies / December 17 / $65.6 million
11. The Wedding Ringer / January 16 / $64.4 million
12. Into the Woods / December 25 / $63.8 million
13. Home / March 27 / $60.3 million
14. Unbroken / December 25 / $53.1 million
15. Focus / February 27 / $52 million
LOS ANGELES - April 1, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "Furious 7" is tearing up the record books with the biggest pre-sales for any April release in Fandango history. The highly-anticipated seventh installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise tops Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator this week with a smashing 98 out of 100 points -- and is pacing significantly ahead of April 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at the same point in that film's ticket sales cycle on Fandango. It also represents more than 80% of all Fandango sales this weekend.
"'Furious 7' is leaving the competition in the dust with the hottest ticket sales we've ever seen for an April release," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "‘Furious 7' is firing on all cylinders. With its exciting, diverse cast and insane action set-pieces - which somehow manage to top the over-the-top stunts from the last ‘Fast and Furious' movie - it's currently pacing to crush the record for the biggest April opening ever."
According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 "Furious 7" moviegoers:
· 96% identify themselves as fans of the "Fast and Furious" franchise;
· 95% have been looking forward to the film's over-the-top stunts;
· 89% have seen at least one of the "Fast and Furious" films on the big screen;
· 83% will see the film on opening weekend;
· 67% picked Jason Statham as the new cast member they most wanted to see;
· 65% follow "Furious 7" on social media.
On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger breaks down this weekend's new releases and interviews "Furious 7" stars Michelle Rodriguez and Chris ‘Ludacris' Bridges. The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket. Fandango Movieclips has put together an epic car mash-up as a tribute to the "Fast and Furious" franchise at http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/epiccarmashup-trailer/172963?autoplay=true&mpxId=2661054668.
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.
Advance Ticket Sales via Mobiles Devices Up 38%
MovieTickets.com, a leading global provider of remote movie ticketing, announced today that the number of tickets sold by the company in the first quarter of 2015 were up 29% when compared to the same time period in 2014. Additionally, MovieTicekts.com reports that tickets purchased on mobile devices were up 38% this in Q1 of 2015 when compared to Q1 of 2014.
This growth over the past three months was led by advance ticket sales on American Sniper, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and Furious 7 which comes to theaters this weekend.
· Advance domestic ticket sales of Furious 7 via MovieTickets.com are currently 31% ahead of ticket sales the company had for Fast & Furious 6 at the same point in each film's sales cycle. Furious 7 is also trending #1 for MovieTickets.com with 50% of all tickets sold in the last 24 hours being from moviegoers wanting to see the seventh film in the franchise.
· Internationally, advance ticket sales of Fast & Furious 7 via MovieTickets.com are over two times greater than the company's ticket sales for Fast & Furious 6 when compared at the same point each film's sales cycle leading up to each respective territory's opening date.
For the most current data, be sure to check the company website's "Trending Now" feature found at www.movietickets.com. You can also follow the company on Twitter for updates as well: @MovieTickets.
MovieTickets.com is the leader in advance movie ticketing with 240 theater chains, representing over 28,000 screens worldwide in its group, offering moviegoers a quick and convenient way to purchase tickets online, via mobile devices and at 877-789-MOVIE. The company currently enables remote ticketing for consumers across 21 countries/territories including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Fans can stay connected with MovieTickets.com through Facebook (facebook.com/MovieTicketscom), Twitter (twitter.com/movietickets) and YouTube (youtube.com/MovieTicketsTrailers).