Early Friday afternoon estimates are in and from what sources are seeing from advance tickets sales and matinees is that Universal’s Furious 7 is on course for a 60% drop this weekend, which again is typical for the second frames of these big blockbuster bows. That puts Furious 7‘s FSS at $58M-$60M with a Friday that’s $18M-$20M. To date, Furious 7 has hit $191.93M on the speedometer for its first week’s domestic gross, and it will clearly cross the $200M finish line by tonight with over $250M by Sunday. Furious 7 is in play at 4,022 playdates, 19% of which are Imax or premium large format hubs. Furious 7‘s bow of $147.19M last weekend was a record opener for April and the second biggest pre-summer bow after 2012’s The Hunger Games which made $152.5M.
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DreamWorks Animation’s Home from 20th Century Fox, which counts $110.6M through two weeks, is looking at a Friday that’s $5M-$6M with a third sesh that’s down about 25% with $20.3M at 3,703. Cume by Sunday should stand at $130.9M which will be 7% ahead of the running cume of How to Train Your Dragon 2 through its third weekend.
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Fox’s new entry The Longest Ride, which minted $625K in previews last night, is looking at a Friday of $5M-$5.5M with an opening that’s in the $13M-$14M range at 3,366. That FSS take would be higher than the previous Nicholas Sparks feature adaptation, The Best of Me, which opened to $10M, however, it’s right smack in the range where The Notebook opened ($13.5M).
Spots four and five belong respectively to Walt Disney’s Cinderella and Weinstein Co.’s Woman in Gold. Cinderella through four weeks has made $173.5M. She’s gonna get another $2M tonight for another pair of shoes, and should make $7.5M over her fifth weekend for another dancing gown. By Sunday, Cindy‘s total running domestic B.O. should hit $181M, breaths away from toppling the mighty Thor ($181.03M) and ultimately becoming director Kenneth Branagh’s highest grossing film stateside. Weinstein Co.’s Woman in Gold, about an elderly Jewish woman who seeks to reclaim her family heirlooms that were stolen by the Nazis in World War II, should cash in a $1.5M-$1.6M Friday and a second weekend of $5M-$5.5M. Total 10-day cume should stand at just below $9M.
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