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NEW YORK — The high-octane thriller Furious 7 maintained speed in its second week, racing away with $60.6 million at North American theaters and bringing its box-office total to a robust $252.5 million, according to studio estimates April 12.

Universal’s Furious 7 more than lapped the competition. The only new wide release of the weekend, the rodeo romance The Longest Ride, opened with $13.5 million.

That was good enough for third place for the Fox release, which stars Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood. In second was the DreamWorks animated alien adventure Home, which pulled in $19 million in its third week of release.

But Furious 7 continued to dominate the marketplace, dropping only 59 percent from its remarkable $147.2 million debut last weekend. Globally, it has already crossed $800 million in its first two weeks of release, according to Universal.

The weekend international total — an eye-popping $195 million — was boosted by the film premiering in China on April 12, where it earned an estimated $68.6 million in just one day.

Over 10 days, Furious 7, which prominently features a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, has already out-grossed all previous installments of the 14-year-old franchise.

At its current pace, Furious 7 will likely become the highest grossing film in Universal’s history. The studio’s Jurassic Park, from 1993, holds Universal’s mark with $1.02 billion worldwide.

It’s a summer blockbuster-sized result for Furious 7, but by opening in April, it has little competition in its way. On a much smaller scale, the critically acclaimed sci-fi film Ex Machina drew the year’s largest theater average of $62,489 in four theaters.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released April 13.

(JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer)

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