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NORTH AMERICA: Early Weekend Estimates: 'Furious 7' Heads for Fourth Straight Crown ($16.3M); 'Age of Adaline' Opens Solidly ($13.5M); 'Ex Machina' Expands Reach ($4.5M); 'Little Boy' Modest ($3.9M) on April 25, 2015

apr24wknd.pngSaturday Update: Lionsgate reports that The Age of Adaline claimed first place on Friday with a healthy $4.96 million. That's just 10 percent below the first day of The Longest Ride, which is respectable given Adaline's lack of a built-in fan base as well-established as that of Nicholas Sparks. The film has similarly modest early word of mouth with a 72 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, while critics gave it a 53 percent. BoxOffice projects $13.5 million for the weekend in third place.

In second place Friday, Furious 7 eased 42 percent to $4.8 million. That brings its domestic haul up to a staggering $307.1 million in 22 days of release. Universal is projecting a $16.3 million, which we think will land it a fourth consecutive weekend box office crown.

In third place yesterday, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 added $3.75 million, down 49 percent from opening day last week. With $32.2 million in the bank through 8 days of release, the film is pacing 34 percent behind its predecessor, but is still performing well overall. BoxOffice projects a $13.6 million sophomore frame in second place.

Unfriended claimed $2.0 million yesterday, off 71 percent from opening day last week. The film's 8-day tally stands at $20.9 million. BoxOffice projects $6.0 million this weekend.

Home took in another $1.825 million for a 26 percent week-to-week decline. With $146.8 million earned thus far, look for a $7.9 million frame.

Ex Machina pulled an estimated $1.71 million as it expanded into 1,255 theaters for wide release this weekend. The strongly reviewed sci-fi film (90 percent) is also generating great word of mouth among viewers (89 percent). It'll be interesting to see how the film holds up from here. BoxOffice projects a $4.5 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Open Road's Little Boy bowed to $1.35 million yesterday. Although critics haven't taken to the film (14 percent), audiences are thus far giving it their approval with an encouraging 87 percent score. BoxOffice is projecting a $3.9 million opening weekend.

The Water Diviner took in $374,000 from its limited 320 location opening yesterday, scoring an "A-" CinemaScore in the process. The Russell Crowe-led and -helmed flick could net around $1 million this weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Furious 7 should have no problem staying #1 with more than $16 million. The Age of Adaline will be in second with $13 million.

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.

Friday Update #1: Lionsgate reports that Age of Adaline earned $575K from Thursday evening shows. To put that into perspective, The Boy Next Door--another film that skewed heavily female--posted $500K on its way to a $14.9 million opening weekend.

Check back later today for weekend projections...

NORTH AMERICA: 'Furious 7' Continues to Lead on Thursday with $1.74M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Remains in Second with $0.99M on April 24, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $1.74 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office for a 21st consecutive day. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker increased 2 percent over Wednesday and was down a solid 40 percent from last Thursday. Furious 7 led the week with a weekly take of $36.92 million. That represented a 50 percent decline from the previous frame and places the film's three-week total at a massive $302.28 million.

Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in second place with $0.991 million. The modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy was up 4 percent over Wednesday. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $28.45 million. That was in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 5 percent behind the $30.05 million seven-day start of 2011's Zookeeper.

Unfriended was up one spot over Wednesday to move into third on Thursday with $0.645 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Universal and Blumhouse Productions was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance. Unfriended finished in third for the week with a seven-day start of $18.91 million. That was on the low end of expectations and was 21 percent below the $24.06 million seven-day take of last year's Ouija.

Fox's Home was up one spot and 7 percent over Wednesday to claim fourth with $0.590 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation took fourth place for the week with $13.18 million. That represented a 39 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to a stronger than expected $145.48 million.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride was up one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.545 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood placed in fifth for the week with $9.37 million. The Longest Ride was down 44 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed $26.03 million in two weeks.

Monkey Kingdom was down four spots and a very sharp 35 percent from Wednesday's Earth Day inflated performance to land in seventh with $0.483 million. The nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label took eighth place for the week with $6.71 million. That was on the low end of the film's modest expectations and was 11 percent softer than the $7.55 million seven-day start of last year's Bears.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Up To $44.8 Million Overseas After Two Days on April 24, 2015

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Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in another 15 territories yesterday and has grossed $44.8 million in two days. South Korea took in 96% of the market share for $4.9 million and had the most admissions of any industry flick in history. Russia had a 91% market share for $3.7 million. The sequel is 65% above the original Avengers. Other strong markets include the UK ($5.4 million), France ($4.4 million) and Brazil ($3.4 million). South Africa, India, and Vietnam opened today.

CinemaCon 2015: 'Ted 2', 'Trainwreck', 'Minions', & 'Jurassic World' Score for Universal; Shyamalan Returns With 'The Visit'; First Looks at 'Everest', 'Sisters', & 'The Secret Life of Pets' on April 23, 2015

universal.pngClosing out CinemaCon for 2015, Universal made the final presentation of the week by beginning with a tribute to its successful 2014 and early 2015. Most notably, Vin Diesel himself took the stage to give thanks for the massive success of Furious 7, followed by his personal announcement that an eighth installment in the increasingly popular franchise is officially on its way for an April 14, 2017 release.

The studio also confirmed Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed for February 10, 2017 and February 9, 2018, respectively.

Diving into this year's slate, Pitch Perfect 2 was again showcased after a screening of the film itself to attendees earlier this week. Seth MacFarlane then presented a new Ted 2 trailer, and if the CinemaCon crowd's reactions were any indication, it looks to avoid many of the traps of sequels (comedy sequels especially) -- good news for box office prospects as the flick will hope to try and duplicate the near-$550 million global total of the first film.

Amy Schumer then presented Trainwreck, her starring and writing vehicle from director Judd Apatow. This is another summer comedy that continues building buzz with each preview release, and looks primed to capture the same audiences that turned previous Apatow-related flicks like Knocked Up and Bridesmaids into summer smashes. Without much question, this should be a star-making role for Schumer.

In a surprise announcement/appearance, producer Jason Blum and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan presented the latter's latest original thriller, The Visit. Despite a streak of box office duds, the filmmaker may have something quite unique on his hands here. The first trailer shows off his trademark suspense mixed with a devilishly twisted sense of humor that isn't quite like anything he's put on screen before. We're eagerly awaiting further previews of the flick scheduled for a September 11 release.

The Crimson Peak and Straight Outta Compton trailers were warmly met, as were the trailer debuts for Everest and Sisters. Unfortunately, and somewhat surprisingly, there was little mention of the well-publicized Steve Jobs biopic, which is currently still set for release on October 9.

The Minions trailer screened toward the end of the presentation, and fans of the title henchmen will no doubt be turning out to theaters for that prequel this summer. Still, it seems unlikely the film will capture the juggernaut-like box office performance of Despicable Me 2 -- but it doesn't need to.

In a world premiere, the first footage of The Secret Life of Pets (Illumination's first original project since Despicable Me) screened to a very enthusiastic crowd. Featuring comedic acts like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, and Eric Stonetreet, the concept alone screams "wide audience appeal" as it questions what pets do all day when their owners leave home. Universal has enough confidence in it that they've delayed its release to the key summer spot of July 8, 2016 where the Despicable Me franchise has found massive success.

To cap things off, Chris Pratt and director Colin Trevorrow presented the newest Jurassic World trailer, and it promises the kind of summer action mayhem audiences will be hoping for from the popcorn flick. The franchise has yet to duplicate the same human element that helped drive the phenomenal success of Steven Spielberg's original 1993 classic, but a new generation to frighten and a sense of nostalgia could certainly help propel World to become one of the summer's biggest global box office hits.

Check BoxOffice in the days and weeks ahead as we further break down the upcoming summer releases looking to make a big splash both domestically and worldwide.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Furious 7' Surpasses the $300M Milestone After Leading Wednesday with $1.70M on April 23, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $1.70 million on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for a 20th consecutive day. In the process Furious 7 surpassed the $300 million domestic mark yesterday. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 26 percent from Tuesday and down 42 percent from last Wednesday. With a massive 20-day take of $300.53 million, Furious 7 is running an extremely impressive 44 percent ahead of the $208.65 million 20-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in second place with $0.954 million. The modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy fell a very sharp 36 percent from Tuesday's performance. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed $27.46 million in six days. The film continues to perform in line with expectations and is off to a solid start with its price tag in mind. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is running 1.5 percent behind the $27.88 million six-day start of 2011's Zookeeper.

Thanks in large part to Earth Day; Monkey Kingdom was up five spots and a strong 50 percent over Tuesday to move into third on Wednesday with $0.745 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label has grossed $6.22 million through six day of release. That is on the low end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 11 percent behind the $6.97 million six-day start of last year's Bears.

Unfriended was down one spot and a sharp 33 percent from Tuesday to land in fourth on Wednesday with $0.642 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Universal and Blumhouse Productions has grossed $18.27 million in six days. That is on the low-end of pre-release expectations and places the film 21 percent behind the $23.12 million six-day start of last year's Ouija.

Fox's Home rounded out Wednesday's top five with $0.552 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was down 25 percent from Tuesday and down just 24 percent from last Wednesday. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 27-day gross of $144.89 million.


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