By Bill Wine
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Furious 7 had a furious weekend at the box office.
Installment number seven in the popular Fast and the Furious franchise, starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, earned an estimated whopping $143-million on its debut weekend.
That gives it the ninth biggest opening of all time, the biggest April opening ever, and the highest yet in the franchise.
It displaced last weekend’s leader, the animated science fiction comedy, Home, which was the runner-up with a still-healthy total of $27-million.
Third place went to Get Hard, the prison comedy featuring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. It took in $13-million.
And rounding out the top five were holdovers Cinderella and Insurgent, each with about $10-million.
Overall, industry-wide figures easily eclipsed last year’s totals as Furious 7 made its bid for the record books.