'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.16M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $23.76M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $15.85MApril 20, 2015 12:38 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $29.16 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 51 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was respectable, especially when taking into account the size of the film's grosses thus far and the added presence of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended in the marketplace. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $294.51 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.49 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. Furious 7 is currently running a very impressive 45 percent ahead of the $202.81 million 17-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and a slim 3 percent behind the $302.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 debuted in a not-so-distant second place with $23.76 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel debuted in line with expectations. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 25 percent below the $31.83 million debut of 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but the sequel had been widely expected to open below its predecessor due in part to the six-year gap in between films. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 18 percent ahead of the $20.07 million start of 2011's Zookeeper. The solid opening weekend performance is good news for James, who will appear in Sony's upcoming Pixels this July.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened with $7.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 38 percent on Saturday to gross $10.09 million and is declined 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.38 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio was 3.26 to 1, which is evidence of the film's appeal with family audiences. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did receive a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. While the film is highly unlikely to match the strong holding power of its predecessor, it will still have a solid chance of holding up well in the weeks ahead due in part to facing a limited amount of competition for family audiences (outside of Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Universal's Unfriended debuted in third with $15.85 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. While Unfriended was unable to break out to the degree its high level of online activity had suggested; the film still performed well this weekend with its small price tag in mind. The potential for Unfriended may have also been limited a bit by its R rating. Unfriended opened 20 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $5.99 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to take in $3.03 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.32 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with $10.61 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 43 percent from last weekend, as the film took a bit of a hit from the new competition from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. While it has been relatively front-loaded for a computer animated film, Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 24-day take of $142.92 million. That places the film just ahead of the $142.44 million 24-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 46 percent from last weekend's debut. That represented a respectable second weekend hold, especially given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.68 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 35 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in eighth place with $4.58 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label opened on the low end of its modest expectations. Despite receiving the widest launch ever for a Disneynature film (2,012 locations); Monkey Kingdom delivered the softest opening weekend performance to date for Disneynature. Monkey Kingdom opened 4 percent below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to take in $1.66 million and declined 18 percent on Sunday to gross $1.36 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.95 to 1. Monkey Kingdom will likely hold up well during the week, thanks in part to a promising A- CinemaScore, the past midweek strength of Disneynature films and from Earth Day falling on Wednesday.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 18 - Sun, Jun. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Toy Story 3$110,307,189--4,028--$27,385$110,307,1891Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$29,876,295-46%3,6630$8,156$107,130,2392Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$14,405,318-44%3,5449$4,065$50,427,5882Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$6,105,000-39%2,592-110$2,355$47,844,0003Universal
5Shrek Forever After$5,620,398-64%3,207-661$1,753$223,076,9255Paramount / DreamWorks
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$5,566,464-14%2,605-503$2,137$80,800,5744Disney
7Jonah Hex$5,379,000--2,825--$1,904$5,379,0001Warner Bros.
8Killers (2010)$5,035,755-37%2,619-240$1,923$39,302,4113Lionsgate
9Iron Man 2$2,872,252-36%1,612-693$1,782$304,210,3297Paramount
11Sex and the City 2$2,411,000-56%1,680-1070$1,435$90,170,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Robin Hood$1,423,000-46%1,046-849$1,360$102,080,0006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Splice$932,000-68%944-1506$987$15,569,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$790,430-53%806-525$981$48,591,4096Summit
3Raavan$480,703--119--$4,040$480,7031Reliance Big Pictures
4Please Give$475,33467%272169$1,748$2,657,8748Sony Pictures Classics
5Solitary Man$426,92715%10754$3,990$1,424,9935Anchor Bay
6Date Night$360,904-40%345-85$1,046$96,883,25711Fox
7The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$282,288-19%1664$1,701$4,942,58210Sony Pictures Classics
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$258,499-20%146-28$1,771$8,296,83214Music Box
9Clash of the Titans (2010)$248,000-25%267-66$929$162,385,00012Warner Bros.
10The Bounty Hunter$212,574-40%174-62$1,222$66,754,01714Sony / Columbia
11City Island$181,855-31%133-26$1,367$5,937,64514Anchor Bay
12Just Wright$167,876-48%158-121$1,063$21,085,7566Fox Searchlight
13How to Train Your Dragon$167,083-49%213-68$784$214,764,29813Paramount / DreamWorks
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$149,389120%16195$928$42,365,76810Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$136,960-10%199-11$688$62,589,68412Disney
16A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$120,00064%228103$526$62,734,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
17Furry Vengeance$112,078-36%235-33$477$17,060,7948Summit
18The Back-up Plan$93,26617%16654$562$37,050,5819CBS Films
19Alice in Wonderland (2010)$83,057-42%140-83$593$334,089,39416Disney
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid$75,645-51%146-56$518$63,547,66614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Winter's Bone$351,316314%3935$9,008$474,3282Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$265,00011%502$5,300$8,633,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$226,20238%2821$8,079$472,7742IFC
4Cyrus$181,716--4--$45,429$181,7161Fox Searchlight
5I Am Love$121,504--8--$15,188$121,5041Magnolia
6Micmacs$99,050-11%515$1,942$572,4514Sony Classics
8Harry Brown$86,402-30%64-3$1,350$1,499,3668Samuel Goldwyn
9Exit Through the Gift Shop$84,121-27%41-2$2,052$2,524,13910Producers Distribution Agency
10Raajneeti$76,000-72%56-68$1,357$1,436,0003UTV Communications
11Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$66,77250%129$5,564$241,1792Sony Pictures Classics
13Mother and Child$54,789-34%530$1,034$667,4197Sony Pictures Classics
158: The Mormon Proposition$42,566--16--$2,660$42,5661Red Flag Releasing
16Under the Sea 3D$35,000-5%150$2,333$22,499,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Magnificent Desolation$24,000248%52$4,800$33,134,000248IMAX
19Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$23,422-8%150$1,561$547,76814Zeitgeist
20La Mission$23,000-26%173$1,353$977,00011Screen Media
22The Losers$20,000-64%31-96$645$23,581,0009Warner Bros.
23The Square (2010)$18,59938%12-5$1,550$353,34811Apparition
24Princess Kaiulani$18,111-48%16-10$1,132$808,7256Roadside Attractions
25Let It Rain$16,290--2--$8,145$16,2901IFC
26Deep Sea 3D$16,23837%31$5,413$43,384,360225Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Kings of the Evening$16,07044%51$3,214$50,90319Indican Pictures
28Holy Rollers$16,014-35%13-1$1,232$240,67021First Independent Pictures
29Stonewall Uprising$15,729--4--$3,932$21,4051First Run Features
30Chloe$15,20062%27-7$563$3,060,72813Sony Pictures Classics
31The City of Your Final Destination$15,000-42%15-4$1,000$383,00010Screen Media Films
32Breathless (2010 re-issue)$14,000-18%40$3,500$138,0004Rialto
33Mademoiselle Chambon$13,757-34%72$1,965$118,5974Lorber
34Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$12,707-45%6-2$2,118$250,5867Kino International
35Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$12,000-56%26-17$462$88,744,00019Fox
36The Secret of Kells$11,121-35%15-5$741$620,35716GKIDS
37The Killer Inside Me$11,083--1--$11,083$11,0831IFC Films
38The Joneses$10,380200%7-1$1,483$1,456,85610Roadside Attractions
39Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$10,092--1--$10,092$10,0921The Film Desk
40Only the Brave (2010)$8,616-12%3-1$2,872$118,2654Indican Pictures
41OSS 117: Lost in Rio$5,047-40%4-2$1,262$70,62162Music Box
42John Rabe$4,507-13%4-2$1,127$38,5945Strand
43Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,493-26%3-2$1,498$23,217,726142National Geographic
44Touching Home$4,300--4--$1,075$111,0008CFI
45The Little Traitor$4,278-32%1-1$4,278$348,66928Westchester Films
46The Good, the Bad, the Weird$4,05797%62$676$123,49711IFC
47Looking for Eric$4,043-36%10-1$404$52,4616IFC
48The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$3,833-39%100$383$177,5508IFC
49The Father of My Children$3,828-76%4-3$957$137,2265IFC Films
50Casino Jack and the United States of Money$3,689-45%7-2$527$168,4417Magnolia
51The Lottery$3,671-78%32$1,224$22,2592Variance Films
52The Oath$3,127-3%20$1,564$28,1297Zeitgeist
53Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,984-43%1-1$2,984$31,9163Indican Pictures
54The Nature of Existence$2,977--1--$2,977$2,9771Walking Shadows
55Survival of the Dead$2,800139%84$350$87,9064Magnolia / Magnet
56The Tooth Fairy$2,600-43%11-2$236$60,020,00022Fox
57Sweetgrass$2,547-61%4-2$637$185,96639Cinema Guild
58Best Worst Movie$2,544-47%1-1$2,544$55,2319Area23a
59Racing Dreams$2,338--2--$1,169$43,5335Hanover House
60Ajami$2,33112%3-2$777$602,22640Kino International
61Cropsey$1,805--2--$903$21,6503Cinema Purgatorio
62The Eclipse$1,789-58%5-4$358$132,39013Magnolia
63Space Station 3D$1,700113%1-2$1,700$81,957,000427IMAX
64The Girl on the Train (2010)$1,63073%20$815$205,28622Strand Releasing
65A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$1,342-52%2-2$671$2,080,33617Sony Classics
66A Town Called Panic$1,088--1--$1,088$161,62427Zeitgeist Films
67Everyone Else$1,073-77%2-3$537$66,84153Cinema Guild
68The Last Station$921-34%31$307$6,616,97423Sony Pictures Classics
69Dancing Across Borders$912--3--$304$65,06012First Run
70October Country$820--1--$820$26,18519International Film Circuit
71After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$714-56%2-1$357$11,5385Variance Films
72Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$460-90%1-2$460$54,30561Zeitgeist
73The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$384--1--$384$451,68921First Run Features
74Departures$368-64%10$368$1,542,98956Regent Releasing