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“Furious 7” Holds Off “Paul Blart,” “Unfriended” at Friday Box Office

Two new releases were definitely on the map, but they did not land atop the Friday box office mountain.

That honor, for the third week in a row, belongs to “Furious 7.”

The reigning box office champion added $8.3 million to its running total. Down 56% from last Friday’s haul, the total was enough to give “Furious 7” the lead.

Critically panned new release “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” earned second place on the strength of $7.3 million opening day receipts. The film’s opening Friday performance trails that of 2009 predecessor “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” by 26%.

Fellow newcomer “Unfriended” earned third place on the strength of $6.8 million. Holdover “Home” (#4, $2.4 million) and second-week release “The Longest Ride” (#5, $2.4 million) also landed in Friday’s top five.

“Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s latest Earth Day release, grabbed #6 with $1.6 million.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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