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Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James's "Paul Blart" sequel couldn't outpace "Furious 7."
The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but "Furious 7" maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak on Sunday.
This brings the high-octane action movie's domestic total to a staggering $294 million, well above the $202.8 million that "Fast & Furious 6" had earned at the same point in the cycle in 2013. The film crossed the $1 billion mark Friday.
"The film has set a new standard for the potential for box-office in the pre-summer month of April and has truly become part of movie folklore with its record setting numbers, strong reviews, spectacular word-of-mouth and of course the outpouring of support for late star Paul Walker," Rentrak's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.
"Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" came in a close second with an estimated $24 million. While the PG-rated comedy didn't perform as well as the first film's $31.8 million opening in 2009, it did surpass Sony's modest expectations. Also, it only cost $30 million to produce.
"It's a great result. It's going to be very profitable for us and a big success," Sony's President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer said.
"It was something that Kevin really wanted to do and we wanted to do it with him," he said. "Kudos to Kevin for working so hard in promoting the film."
Dergarabedian said "Blart's" opening "proves that if you give the people what they want, you can make a tidy profit."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for
Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1."Furious 7," $29.1 million ($167.9 million international).
2."Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," $24 million ($7.1 million international)
3."Unfriended," $16 million.
4."Home," $10.3 million (10.4 million international).
5."The Longest Ride," $6.9 million ($2.1 million international).
6."Get Hard," $4.8 million.
7."Monkey Kingdom," $4.7 million.
8."Woman In Gold," $4.6 million ($1.1 million international).
9."The Divergent Series: Insurgent," $4.2 million ($4.1 million international).
10."Cinderella," $3.9 million ($7.5 million international).
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.