apr17wknd.pngSaturday Update: Universal reports that Furious 7 once again held first place on Friday with an estimated $8.3 million, down 56 percent from last Friday. That brings the well-received blockbuster sequel's domestic total up to $273.65 million through 15 days of release, just 3 percent behind where The Hunger Games stood at the same point in its release during the same time of year in 2012. The studio projects a very strong $25.5 million third frame.

Opening in second place yesterday, Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 bowed to $7.3 million, giving Kevin James his best opening day as the leading man in five years. The sequel to 2009's surprise hit comedy was off 25 percent from its predecessor's first day take and is expected by the studio to land around $22 million for its opening weekend. Unfortunately, early reviews score a flat 0 percent out of 37 critic entries on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience score sits at just 58 percent. Given the target audience, however, the film is expected to play somewhat better with families than the Internet crowd, but don't expect long legs for this entry as with the first pic. Overall, with a $30 million production budget, this is certainly a successful opening.

Universal's Unfriended took in $6.8 million in its first day yesterday. By comparison, last year's Oculus took in $4.97 million on its first day. The horror-suspense aimed at teens and young adults had been the recipient of big social media buzz for the past few months (mainly Facebook), but that hype peaked a bit too soon and prevented a larger breakout. At 66 percent, critics are favoring the film slightly more than audiences (56 percent). That said, this debut still bests studio expectations and should be considered a success for the low-budget pic. Universal is projecting a $16.2 million opening weekend.

Home claimed fourth place yesterday with another $2.425 million, off over 56 percent from last week. The DreamWorks hit animation has tallied $134.7 million to date and is projected to earn $10.4 million this weekend.

In fifth place, The Longest Ride dropped 56.5 percent from opening day last week to $2.4 million yesterday. With $19.1 million in the bank through eight days of release, the film is pacing nearly 32 percent ahead of fellow Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. Look for a $7.5 million sophomore frame.

Also opening this weekend, DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom pulled $1.55 million yesterday. While that's down from Bears' $2.3 million first day last year, this is the first DisneyNature release to receive a standard Friday opening while also lacking the aid of Good Friday-boosted grosses. That said, opening weekend should land around $4.7 million. Early reviews are enthusiastic with a 93 percent critics' score, and a modest 72 percent audience score.

Meanwhile, opening in semi-limited release this weekend was True Story, a dramatic feature starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. The pic earned $685,000 from 831 locations on opening day, making for an $824 per-screen average. For the weekend, the film could bring in around $1.9 million.

Also opening in limited release, Child 44 brought in $0.23 million from 510 locations yesterday, giving it a $443 per-theater average. BoxOffice projects a $0.7 million opening frame for the under-the-radar flick led by Tom Hardy.

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

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Furious 7 should have no problem holding on to first place this weekend with a third-weekend haul north of $25 million. 

Unfriended and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 are fighting for second place. Unfriended seems to have the edge and it could end up with $19 million, while Blart 2 is pacing for $18 million. 

Monkey Kingdom should snag a modest $6 million haul.

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Unfriended landed an estimated $656,000 from shows beginning at 8pm last night. That's somewhat ahead of last year's Oculus, which with a similar release date and R rating took in $480,000 from shows starting at 10pm (onward to a $12 million frame). Early reviews have been positive relative to most films in the horror/thriller genre, which could be a good sign for word of mouth among the target young adult audience.

Meanwhile, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 took in $450,000 from shows starting at 7pm Thursday. That's generally on par with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb's $490,000 last December, although that film opened close to Christmas so it's very possible Blart 2 will be able to top that flick's $17.1 million first weekend.

No early show grosses had been reported for DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom at the time of publishing.

For the weekend, Furious 7 remains the favorite to claim first place for its third week in a row as strong word of mouth continues to drive the well-reviewed blockbuster.

Check back for more updates throughout the day and weekend.

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Los Angeles, Paris, April 17, 2015 - Webedia, the world's second-largest publisher of web and mobile movie platforms, announced today it is expanding its global presence into the US with the closing of the acquisition of Cote Cine Group (CCG), the parent company of BoxOffice Media.

Webedia is already the market leader for movie-related websites in France (allocine.fr), Germany (moviepilot.de and filmstarts.de), Brazil (adorocinema.com.br), Turkey (Beyazperde.com), Spain and Latin America (sensacine.es). With more than 60 million monthly unique users, Webedia is second only to imdb.com in global movie traffic.

With the acquisition, Webedia also becomes a leading provider of web and mobile platforms for cinemas, including online ticketing.

In the US, BoxOffice Media publishes pro.boxoffice.com, a leading business information website for the US cinema industry, and BoxOffice® Pro, the official magazine of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).

All movie-related assets of Webedia will form a new group called BoxOffice Global Entertainment.

Julien Marcel, the Los Angeles-based CEO of BoxOffice Media, stated: "With the operational and financial support of Webedia and its unique footprint in the cinema sector, we will now be able to provide innovative digital media solutions to US exhibitors and to the industry as a whole."

Webedia co-CEO Cédric Siré added: "After building leadership positions in key markets in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, we are very excited to welcome Julien Marcel and the highly respected team at BoxOffice Media to our network. Our combined expertise puts us in a great position to provide new digital thinking for the cinema industry, and we couldn't find a better brand than BoxOffice® to make that happen."

 

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 grossed $2.92 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a 14th straight day. The well-received seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance and down a sharp 65 percent from last Thursday. Furious 7 easily led the week with a weekly take $73.42 million. That represented a 62 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a massive $265.35 million. Furious 7 is running an extremely impressive 45 percent ahead of the $183.19 million 14-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Fox's The Longest Ride rounded out its first week of release with a second place take of $0.822 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood was up 2 percent over Wednesday, which represented one of the day's better daily percentage holds among wide releases. The Longest Ride placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $16.66 million. That was on the low end of pre-release expectations. The film is running 29 percent ahead of the $12.93 million seven-day take of last year's The Best of Me and 42 percent behind the $28.60 million seven-day gross of 2012's The Lucky One.

Fellow Fox release Home held steady in third place with $0.712 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was down 1 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 77 percent from last Thursday. Home placed in second for the week with $21.76 million. The film was down 49 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $132.31 million through three weeks of release.

Woman In Gold was up one spot and 2 percent over Wednesday to move into fourth place on Thursday with $0.583 million. The drama from The Weinstein Company starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds placed in seventh for the week with $7.90 million. Woman In Gold has grossed a solid $11.36 million in 16 days and will be playing in 2,011 locations this weekend.

Warner's Get Hard was down one spot and 5 percent from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.576 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart placed in fourth for the week with $10.88 million. That was down 41 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $73.45 million.

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By Daniel Loria

It only took 17 days for Furious 7 to become the first $1 billion worldwide hit of the year, the fastest any film has ever taken to reach that mark.

2015 is truly shaping up to be the big box office year many industry analysts expected, but the sheer speed the latest Fast & Furious film reached the vaunted benchmark remains to be surprising. This marks the first time a Universal release reaches the $1 billion global mark in studio history, considering Jurassic Park only reached its $1.044 billion tally following a 3D re-release in 2013. 

The power of the overseas box office contributed $735.2 million from 17 days in release as of Friday. The film has grossed $273.7 million in North America in just 15 days. This puts Furious 7 at a global $1.009 million with Saturday and Sunday numbers still to come. As a whole, the Fast & Furious franchise has grossed a total of $3.392 billion through all seven installments.  

"We're incredibly proud to watch Fast & Furious take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office. Our cast, filmmakers and all of our Universal and Fast family deserve credit for working so hard to make Furious 7 a huge success and we look forward to continuing to watch the film grow over the next few weeks," commented Nick Carpou, President of Domestic Distribution at Universal, on the film's success.

"What started as a small film about the street racing sub-culture of East Los Angeles has become a global phenomenon with Furious 7 shattering records in so many territories around the globe. We're thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment with our colleagues and distribution partners throughout the world, who have made these extraordinary results possible," added Duncan Clark, President of International Distribution for Universal.

Furious 7 also holds record for the second-biggest worldwide debut of all time with $397.2 million (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2); highest-grossing domestic and overseas openings in studio history ($147.2M and $250M respectively); biggest April and Easter opening; the highest domestic opening since November 2013; the all-time highest opening weekend of all time in 29 territories; the highest grossing Universal film of all time in 26 territories; and the biggest opening day of all time in China with $63.5 million, beating the previous record holder, Transformers 4's $36 million, by a wide margin.  

"I am incredibly proud of the motion picture team at Universal, the cast and filmmakers of the FAST & FURIOUS for all they have done to take our original idea and evolve it into a huge, global, blockbuster franchise." said Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, in an official blogpost.

The record-breaking success begs a follow-up question...

Can any other 2015 beat this record and reach the $1 billion global mark in less than 17 days?

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By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: First let's start with The Avengers: Age Of Ultron which finally took over top spot this past weekend. Hardly a surprise since its release is now just two weeks away and the marketing for the film has kicked into high gear, but still nice to see. It had just over 260,000 tweets on the week which was mighty impressive, and a number which we could see rise to over 400,000 this time next week given the increase in buzz it has been seeing. The record on the year for weekly tweets of a film in pre-release is actually owned by the same Age Of Ultron which had 418k tweets back in the beginning of March after its last big trailer reveal. I'm thinking that number might be in trouble this time next week.

Spectre waned as expected over the past week as it fell by over 65%, almost making way for the latest hot ticket - Star Wars: The Force Returns. With its second trailer, Star Wars had over 68,000 tweets yesterday, and so far today it is at over 90k tweets and should end up well north of six figures. Its first trailer had 142k back in December so its very impressive to see it so very close to that number with its second. Fitting to have this and Avengers duking it out over the next week because no other film should come close to their box office totals on the year.

Ant-Man also had a strong showing for its second trailer this past week as it generated over 44,000 tweets, very close to the 55,356 tweets its first trailer generated back in January of the year. A far cry from Avengers and even Deadpool's first picture reveal but considering that it comes after Age Of Ultron and exists in the same cinematic universe it has a lot going for it. Captain America and Thor debuted their franchises with ~$65 million a few years ago prior to Avengers. Considering that Ant-Man is a fringe character and not nearly as well known means that anything in the range of $50 million should be very favorable for a first film in the franchise.

 Twitter Top 10 Movies for the week of April 10th to April 16th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
5/01/15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 261,116 1 (+1) 44.30%
11/06/15 Spectre 94,910 2 (-1) -66.38%
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 87,985  (+12) 340.87%
7/17/15 Ant-Man 68,724 4 (+20) 1503.08%
2/12/16 Deadpool 49,537 5 (-2) -47.34%

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