Cartoons at the box office: A “Furious” Easter

As expected, “Furious 7,” the latest film in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, dominated the box office this weekend, with a record-breaking opening gross of $143.6 million. According to Entertainment Weekly, that makes it the highest-grossing debut for a film in April, beating last year’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It’s also the ninth-biggest debut ever, behind “Spider-Man 3.” One reason for the high buzz is that this is the late actor Paul Walker’s final film. “Furious 7” has already made $240.4 million overseas, for a global total of $384 million.

Elsewhere, “Home” dropped to second place, pulling in $27.4 million (-47.4% from last weekend). So far, it’s earned $95.6 million domestic, $47.5 million overseas, and $143.2 million globally. I assume it’ll cross $100 million domestically sometime this week or by next weekend. So far, it’s shaping up to be actually profitable for DreamWorks, and no strong competition this month will surely help it.

“Cinderella” came in fourth place again, earning $10.3 million (-39.6%). So far, it’s earned $167.3 million domestic, $230 million overseas, and $397.3 million globally.

In fifth place is “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” earning another $10 million (-53.6%). The film’s made to date $103.4 million domestic, $120.2 million overseas, and $223.6 million globally.

In eighth place is “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” which made $1.7 million (-42.7%). Its current totals stand at $122.3 million domestic, $208.3 million overseas, and $330.6 million globally.

Next weekend sees opening only one new film, romance “The Longest Ride.” I’m guessing there won’t be much of a change from this weekend’s figures.

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