Grosses

'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, Jul. 23 - Sun, Jul. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$42,725,012-32%3,7920$11,267$142,883,4242Warner Bros.
2Salt$36,011,243--3,612--$9,970$36,011,2431Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$23,689,060-28%3,60099$6,580$161,289,9053Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$9,651,495-45%3,5040$2,754$42,609,0202Disney
5Toy Story 3$8,917,512-26%2,766-411$3,224$379,416,5516Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$7,810,481--2,719--$2,873$7,810,4811Fox
7Grown Ups$7,428,742-25%2,859-215$2,598$142,240,8285Sony / Columbia
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,186,170-46%3,121-880$2,303$279,827,2624Summit
9The Last Airbender$4,217,021-46%2,127-678$1,983$123,308,7904Paramount
10Predators$3,120,656-56%1,846-823$1,690$46,839,0813Fox
11Knight and Day$1,694,003-53%1,265-660$1,339$72,675,7245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$2,594,758144%201163$12,909$4,909,9493Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$1,100,315-52%780-752$1,411$171,713,1737Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$709,464-35%4548$1,563$6,329,4016Fox Searchlight
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$563,790-17%15617$3,614$2,944,8913Music Box
5Iron Man 2$438,975-22%330-32$1,330$310,840,82412Paramount
6I Am Love$336,112-19%16626$2,025$3,215,8216Magnolia
7Winter's Bone$322,661-7%1309$2,482$3,556,6477Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$289,198-37%296-132$977$75,737,6287Fox
9Marmaduke$245,338-10%254-20$966$32,577,2988Fox
10Shrek Forever After$225,825-19%202-38$1,118$234,845,97510Paramount / DreamWorks
11Killers (2010)$197,90764%23367$849$46,362,8588Lionsgate
12Letters to Juliet$183,782-23%234-38$785$52,503,75411Summit
13Get Him to the Greek$170,175-2%221-66$770$60,498,0108Universal
14Jonah Hex$130,94341%176130$744$10,369,2056Warner Bros.
15Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$110,427-21%128-13$863$89,523,4359Disney
16Robin Hood$109,440-37%171-55$640$105,054,74511Universal
17Solitary Man$96,866-47%105-41$923$4,030,73310Anchor Bay
18Date Night$83,632-37%108-58$774$98,428,00116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$315,09511%530$5,945$11,505,59819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Khatta Meetha$309,211--83--$3,725$309,2111Eros
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$124,345-27%99-13$1,256$2,528,9317IFC
4Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$102,633-10%6611$1,555$1,098,2037Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Sea 3D$81,45212%130$6,266$23,142,55576Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Restrepo$73,124-24%28-3$2,612$536,8905National Geographic
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$71,322-15%66-4$1,081$9,639,71519Music Box
8The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$63,200-21%15-66$4,213$6,129,37015Sony Pictures Classics
9Sex and the City 2$56,278-44%69-28$816$95,063,7229Warner Bros. / New Line
10Agora$53,1751086%1312$4,090$274,6419Newmarket
11Countdown to Zero$41,307--3--$13,769$41,3071Magnolia
12Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$39,244--6--$6,541$39,2441NeoClassics
13Grease Sing-a-Long$32,776-63%17-4$1,928$259,7303Paramount
14Life During Wartime$30,507--1--$30,507$30,5071IFC
15Please Give$28,823-43%40-24$721$3,850,78813Sony Pictures Classics
16City Island$28,667-22%40-9$717$6,623,58619Anchor Bay
17Exit Through the Gift Shop$26,196-32%14-11$1,871$3,018,77715Producers Distribution Agency
18Mademoiselle Chambon$21,828860%75$3,118$208,7069Lorber
19Splice$21,113-68%39-78$541$16,980,2298Warner Bros
20South of the Border$20,88933%103$2,089$166,6115Cinema Libre
21Deep Sea 3D$20,421-7%30$6,807$43,561,369230Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Micmacs$19,963-43%34-16$587$1,059,1739Sony Classics
23Standing Ovation$18,056-95%74-551$244$531,8062Rocky Mountain
24Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,466--1--$17,466$26,5621Arthouse Films
25Avatar$16,8178%3-1$5,606$749,726,99332Fox
26Breathless (2010 re-issue)$16,625131%118$1,511$233,7079Rialto
27Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$14,760-58%15-8$984$269,0505Sony Pictures Classics
28Ondine$14,409-19%20-5$720$483,36121Magnolia
29Mother and Child$13,897-19%24-3$579$1,058,97812Sony Pictures Classics
30Just Wright$13,387-56%27-29$496$21,507,08711Fox Searchlight
31Orlando (2010 re-issue)$10,885--2--$5,443$10,8851Sony Pictures Classics
32Kisses$10,156-34%53$2,031$32,7092Oscilloscope
33Diary of a Wimpy Kid$9,872-34%25-3$395$63,939,92219Fox
34Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$9,51273%41$2,378$57,7808Indican Pictures
35Harry Brown$8,689-29%15-9$579$1,800,84413Samuel Goldwyn
36The Killer Inside Me$7,474-37%101$747$181,9796IFC Films
37Winnebago Man$7,102-60%50$1,420$54,1283Kino International
38Kings of the Evening$6,896--4--$1,724$87,29824Indican Pictures
39The City of Your Final Destination$6,847117%93$761$472,35315Screen Media Films
40Let It Rain$6,489-4%31$2,163$88,9816IFC
41Love Ranch$6,06513%6-1$1,011$134,9044E1 Entertainment
42U2 3D$5,699440%32$1,900$10,342,668131National Geographic
43Valhalla Rising$5,030-36%21$2,515$17,5462IFC
44La Mission$4,95889%63$826$1,054,22816Screen Media
45The Nature of Existence$4,476360%1-1$4,476$22,2206Walking Shadows
46Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$4,34451%52$869$624,38819Zeitgeist
47The Lottery$4,027--1--$4,027$51,5427Variance Films
48God of Vampires$3,360-63%4-4$840$56,7054Nocturnal Features
49Best Worst Movie$3,18150%21$1,591$81,09014Area23a
50Everyone Else$2,879-7%31$960$83,14258Cinema Guild
51Spoken Word$2,343--1--$2,343$2,3431Variance
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,215-19%30$738$23,259,468147National Geographic
53To the Sea$2,148-72%10$2,148$15,0282Film Movement
54Mugabe and the White African$1,907--1--$1,907$1,9071First Run
55The Secret of Kells$1,875-14%4-2$469$689,57621GKIDS
56John Rabe$1,865288%32$622$54,50310Strand
57Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,806-29%10$1,806$40,1895Kino International
58Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,572-61%10$1,572$8,6522Flicker Alley
59Princess Kaiulani$1,461-41%2-1$731$858,41811Roadside Attractions
60Small Change (2009 re-issue)$1,457119%10$1,457$31,73335The Film Desk
61Stonewall Uprising$1,213-83%3-3$404$107,5746First Run Features
62[REC] 2$829-83%3-4$276$19,9423Magnolia
63In/Significant Others$582--1--$582$3,47711Fourth Ward Productions
64Around a Small Mountain$502-78%1-1$502$15,6123Cinema Guild
65Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$417--1--$417$26,1886The Film Desk
66The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$324--1--$324$453,66026First Run Features
67The Oath$310--1--$310$42,11712Zeitgeist
68Behind the Burly Q$134-63%10$134$18,82314First Run Features
69OSS 117: Lost in Rio$113-77%1-1$113$87,35367Music Box