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“Furious 7” Wins Third Straight Weekend Box Office Race; “Paul Blart” Follows

A week-over-week decline of 51% did not prevent “Furious 7” from winning a third straight weekend box office race.

The blockbuster tops this weekend’s box office on the strength of its $29.1 million in estimated receipts. Enough to bring the film’s cumulative total to $294.4 million, the weekend tally also held off new releases “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” and “Unfriended.”

The former, which is the weekend’s runner-up, earned $24.0 million. The film’s 2009 predecessor “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” grossed $31.8 million in its first weekend of release.

With $16.0 million in weekend receipts, new release “Unfriended” grabs third place at the box office. “Home” (#4, $10.3 million) and “The Longest Ride” (#5, $6.9 million) complete the top five.

Other notables:

— Disneynature’s “Monkey Kingdom” debuts at #7 on the strength of its $4.7 million in receipts. 2014’s “Bears” opened with a similar $4.8 million.

— “True Story,” which launched on 831 screens, earned $1.9 million. It grabs #11.

— “Child 44” earned $0.6 million from 510 screens. It debuts at #17.

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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