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Fast 7 still furious in earnings

Fast and Furious 7, the car-racing franchise, earned just over $29 million in theatres since Friday according to Box Office Mojo. This sum brings its domestic gross profit total to $294 million and its international earnings to $1.15 billion since its 3 April premiere. These sums are a franchise best, as Furious 7 has earned more than any other movie in the series.

With its $1.15 billion worldwide sales, Furious 7 is now listed as the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time, Variety reports. Furious 7 boasts an all-star lineup of actors including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell and Luke Evans. This picture is the final feature film late actor Paul Walker stars in. Paul died in November 2013 after a car accident.

To see more of Paul Walker, catch the family drama Eight Below on Monday 27 April at 19:30 on M-Net Movies Stars.

Coming in second this week with earnings of a healthy $24 million in its debut is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The comedy starring Kevin James centres on the zany exploits security guard Paul finds himself embroiled in while he is attempting to enjoy a Las Vegas vacation. The movie, which is being distributed by Columbia Pictures, was produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions for $30 million.

Unfriended, another box office premiere, came in third place this week with gross sales of just over $16 million. Unfriended is a horror thriller centrering on a group of online chat friends who find themselves terrorised after conversing with a supernatural force who is using the account of their dead pal.

For more action, Jason Statham stars as a troubled war veteran on Redemption, watch it on M-Net Movies Action+ on Wednesday 22 April at 20:00.