'Furious 7' Continues to Lead on Thursday with $1.74M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Remains in Second with $0.99MApril 24, 2015 01:01 PM

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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 8 - Sun, Sep. 10

Wide (1000+)

1The Watcher$9,063,069--2,742--$3,305$9,063,0691Universal
2Nurse Betty$7,145,950--1,459--$4,898$7,145,9501USA Films
3Bring It On$6,811,850-40%2,4166$2,819$44,797,0093Universal
4The Cell$3,654,515-48%2,47632$1,476$30,845,5774New Line
5Space Cowboys$3,340,850-61%2,607-188$1,281$78,837,7736Warner Bros.
6What Lies Beneath$2,767,581-54%2,166-241$1,278$142,379,0768DreamWorks
7The Art of War$2,476,366-60%2,370-260$1,045$12,887,3593Warner Bros.
8The Way of the Gun$2,150,979--1,515--$1,420$2,150,9791Artisan
9Highlander: Endgame$1,915,328-69%1,5452$1,240$9,095,3622Miramax / Dimension
10The Replacements$1,764,843-61%2,058-427$858$39,211,6015Warner Bros.