Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: April 27

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The News you didn’t read is over here: WPR’s Weekly News Roundup

Box Office Results from April 24-26

Furious 7 has become the third, maybe fourth, film to gross 1 billion overseas, as domestic returns begin to slip for the film that exploded at an astonishing pace.  The real news this week is not with the domestic box office, but with the international box office.  Overseas theater attendance is expanding, driving the international gross for large films at an unprecedented rate.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opened to $201.2 million overseas, not counting China, which is sure to be the movie’s biggest market, where it does not open until May 12.  The international numbers have pushed Furious 7 past Disney’s Frozen on the All Time Worldwide Box Office Gross list, having earned $1.3 billion.  At the rate the international numbers are running, this may be the first time in history we see a film reach the $2 billion mark from a single theatrical run.  This is remarkable because there are only 20 films that have breached the $1 billion mark over the past 20 years.  The oldest film in this exclusive club is Jurassic Park, which was originally released in 1993; it owes 60% of its $1.026 billion gross to international markets.

Returning to the domestic, and more recent, box office, the new additions to the top ten this week is The Age of Adaline, and Ex Machina.  Adaline opened to a respectable $13.375 million, and Ex Machina, which expanded into additional 1,216 theaters pulled in $5.441 million.  Unfriended expanded into an additional 36 theaters, but lost 60% of its audience, in spite of having no competition within its genera.  Next weekend will be a fight between car-driving criminals, and armor wearing super-heroes.  I don’t think it is a question of who will win, but how big the victory will be.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week
1 1 Furious 7 Uni. $18,259,000 -37.4% 3,808 -156 $4,795 $320,536,000 4
2 2 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony $15,500,000 -34.8% 3,633 $4,266 $43,950,000 $30 2
3 N The Age of Adaline LGF $13,375,000 2,991 $4,472 $13,375,000 1
4 4 Home (2015) Fox $8,300,000 -21.8% 3,311 -177 $2,507 $153,784,000 $135 5
5 3 Unfriended Uni. $6,244,000 -60.6% 2,775 +36 $2,250 $25,158,000 2
6 15 Ex Machina A24 $5,441,000 +581.3% 1,255 +1,216 $4,335 $6,920,000 3
7 5 The Longest Ride Fox $4,365,000 -37.8% 3,140 -231 $1,390 $30,398,000 3
8 6 Get Hard WB $3,905,000 -21.0% 2,276 -379 $1,716 $84,066,000 $40 5
9 8 Monkey Kingdom BV $3,551,000 -22.4% 2,012 $1,765 $10,258,000 2
10 7 Woman in Gold Wein. $3,501,000 -23.8% 1,981 -30 $1,767 $21,635,000 4

Opening this week:

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron (James Spader), a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.

New to Blu-Ray and DVD this week:



That’s all for this week, watch for an explosion of reviews and reactions from us for Avengers.

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