Friday Box Office: For One Night Only, Blake Lively's 'Age Of Adaline' Tops 'Furious 7'

April 25, 2015 3:20 PM

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Friday Box Office: For One Night Only, Blake Lively's 'Age Of Adaline' Tops 'Furious 7'

In what amounts to the calm before the storm (storm = Avengers: Age of Ultron), there were just two new wide releases in American multiplexes this weekend, and really only one of them made a dent. To wit, the top new release of the weekend, and the top release for Friday, is Lakeshore Entertainment’s The Age of Adaline. The Lions Gate Entertainment Lions Gate Entertainment-distributed drama stars Blake Lively as a woman who is eternally stuck at the (physical) age of 29 due to a cosmic/scientific fluke. The film received surprisingly positive reviews, and I’m not surprised. It’s a pretty lightweight affair, mostly concentrating on one present-day romance, but Lively is terrific and it’s a genuine thrill watching Harrison Ford play a completely normal “regular Joe.” Anyway, it’s Lively’s first film project since Savages back in 2012 and her first out-and-out leading role onscreen. Although to be fair she has dabbled in ensembles like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2005 (and part II in 2008) and two-handers like The Private Lives of Peppa Lee (with Robin Wright back in 2009) while spending six years as the lead on the CW’s buzzy teen soap Gossip Girl. The film didn’t exactly have a huge media presence or much buzz as we all discussed Avengers: Age of Ultron for most of the week, the picture still notched a solid $4.96 million opening day.

It probably won’t win the weekend, to the extent that said symbolic victory matters, but frankly I’m slightly impressed by the film as it felt like it was basically sneaking into theaters. And in fact most the advertising took place this week, which is smart since it’s not like the picture needed a ...

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