'Furious 7' surges past the $1.3 billion mark

'Furious 7' surges past the $1.3 billion mark
Still from the movie Fast And Furious 7

LOS ANGELES - "Furious 7" surged ahead of its North American box office competition for a third straight week, taking in an estimated US$29 million (S$39 million) to hit US$1 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

The strong weekend showing gives the car racing action flick a US$294 million haul in the US and Canada since its release and giving the movie certifiable blockbuster status.

The franchise of all seven "Fast and Furious" films has brought in a record-breaking US$3.39 billion, NBCUniversal said.

Slapstick comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" starring debuted in the second spot with US$24 million in estimated sales, and stars Kevin James as the hapless, scooter-driving security guard.

Another newcomer, "Unfriended," took third on the charts with US$16 million in sales, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The social media horror flick starring Heather Sossaman finds a chat room of friends haunted by an online account of a dead friend.

Animated children's film "Home," about an unpopular space alien forced to flee his own kind, earned the fourth spot on the chart with US$10.3 million in estimated sales.

The film, featuring the voices of celebrities Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, has brought in US$142.6 million overall.

In its second week, romance novel adaptation "The Longest Ride," brought in US$6.85 million for the fifth spot following its third place debut. The movie stars Scott Eastwood, the son of actor-director Clint Eastwood.

The Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart buddy comedy "Get Hard" about a prison-bound investment banker and car washer took in $4.8 million for the sixth spot on the chart.

New nature documentary "Monkey Kingdom," narrated by actress Tina Fey, made its debut in the seventh box office spot with US$4.7 million in sales.

The film follows a newborn and mother toque macaque in the wilds of Sri Lanka.

In eight place with US$4.6 million was "Woman in Gold," the true story of an elderly Holocaust survivor trying to get back her Nazi-looted artwork from Austria.

Action-packed "Insurgent," the second film based on Veronica Roth's best-selling "Divergent" book series, came in ninth place, adding US$4.1 million for US$120.6 million after five weeks on the charts.

The live-action reboot of "Cinderella" took 10th place, with US$3.9 million in estimated ticket sales.

The Disney film has been on the charts for six weeks, bringing in a total of US$186.3 million.

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