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, Aug. 13 - Sun, Aug. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$34,825,135--3,270--$10,650$34,825,1351Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$23,104,523--3,082--$7,497$23,104,5231Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$17,408,501-51%3,6510$4,768$69,951,8222Sony / Columbia
4Inception$11,285,051-39%3,120-298$3,617$248,469,4825Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$10,609,795--2,818--$3,765$10,609,7951Universal
6Despicable Me$6,971,355-25%2,923-490$2,385$222,197,3906Universal
7Step Up 3D$6,905,201-56%2,4394$2,831$29,844,4222Disney
8Dinner for Schmucks$6,285,179-39%3,04642$2,063$58,785,5473Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$6,219,502-43%2,834-483$2,195$103,438,2734Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,190,426-39%2,728-977$1,536$35,218,9373Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$2,222,731-29%1,219-495$1,823$400,824,8269Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$2,113,930-55%2,083-642$1,015$28,758,4603Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,279,650-44%1,212-492$1,056$295,842,4447Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,352,585-48%830-164$1,630$16,721,3916Focus
2Grown Ups$1,140,893-53%968-801$1,179$158,054,5908Sony / Columbia
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,120,604-53%989-777$1,133$59,538,7645Disney
4Ramona and Beezus$833,589-48%632-846$1,319$23,335,2734Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$518,156-15%372-70$1,393$174,861,44710Sony / Columbia
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$364,484-23%166-12$2,196$5,188,6196Music Box
7Shrek Forever After$360,227-17%254-54$1,418$237,235,93613Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Last Airbender$358,798-49%364-275$986$129,703,6037Paramount
9Predators$339,057-24%343-111$989$51,061,8296Fox
10Knight and Day$260,761-16%310-26$841$75,289,3898Fox
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$229,847363%202134$1,138$90,100,57812Disney
12Winter's Bone$217,007-27%136-5$1,596$4,855,34010Roadside Attractions
13The A-Team$146,424-23%204-37$718$76,793,40110Fox
14I Am Love$139,904-30%102-11$1,372$4,195,0319Magnolia
15Iron Man 2$126,878-34%178-46$713$312,057,43315Paramount
16Marmaduke$98,064-10%151-19$649$33,341,63311Fox
17Middle Men$96,198-70%2520$382$639,4142Paramount
18Killers (2010)$84,079-24%169-3$498$47,000,48511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Low$376,78172%5327$7,109$826,0133Sony Pictures Classics
2Peepli Live$350,054--64--$5,470$350,0541UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$278,143-3%541$5,151$13,404,24622Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$119,310-47%44-1$2,712$448,5142Warner Bros.
5Under the Sea 3D$81,41328%163$5,088$23,672,59279Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cairo Time$79,03519%1611$4,940$184,5972IFC
7Restrepo$73,442-33%523$1,412$950,0318National Geographic
8The Extra Man$72,11956%3121$2,326$173,1833Magnolia
9Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$64,623-10%6657$979$1,477,71210Sony Pictures Classics
10The Concert$56,883-14%190$2,994$199,0954Weinstein Company
11La Soga$52,554--11--$4,778$52,55417-57 Releasing
12The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,640-24%142$3,689$182,3682National Geographic
13Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$50,977--24--$2,124$309,2624NeoClassics
14Cyrus$50,717-49%84-48$604$7,252,6859Fox Searchlight
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$35,884-17%40-3$897$9,872,88022Music Box
16Agora$33,695-23%130$2,592$486,65012Newmarket
17Letters to Juliet$32,374-47%61-42$531$52,979,56714Summit
18Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$30,901-41%43-30$719$2,835,35810IFC
19Life During Wartime$26,306-29%202$1,315$180,7614IFC
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$25,582-36%122$2,132$82,0432Anchor Bay
21Sex and the City 2$24,677-68%81-119$305$95,328,93712Warner Bros. / New Line
22Date Night$24,387-18%33-13$739$98,656,33519Fox
23Solitary Man$22,314-53%28-17$797$4,258,25913Anchor Bay
24Exit Through the Gift Shop$21,7174%131$1,671$3,150,06818Producers Distribution Agency
25Tales From Earthsea$20,614--5--$4,123$20,6141Disney
26Please Give$18,488-15%23-7$804$3,951,07916Sony Pictures Classics
27Lebanon$17,3011%31$5,767$48,35244Sony Pictures Classics
28Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$16,765140%61$2,794$344,52715Kino International
29Deep Sea 3D$16,226-15%30$5,409$43,671,052233Warner Bros. / IMAX
30The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$15,455-51%15-13$1,030$6,297,62518Sony Pictures Classics
31Micmacs$14,287-31%24-7$595$1,150,74412Sony Classics
32Mother and Child$8,69661%157$580$1,088,14115Sony Pictures Classics
33Patrik, Age 1.5$8,50980%53$1,702$16,4382Here Films
34Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$8,363-33%2-1$4,182$109,3654Arthouse Films
35Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$7,886-43%2113$376$324,5928Sony Pictures Classics
36Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,278-44%3-37$2,426$64,001,29722Fox
37Mademoiselle Chambon$6,998-31%70$1,000$275,20012Lorber
38Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,764-9%4-1$1,691$650,79922Zeitgeist
39Orlando (2010 re-issue)$6,44827%42$1,612$48,3954Sony Pictures Classics
40Countdown to Zero$6,037-77%10-18$604$240,3144Magnolia
41Spoken Word$5,852216%43$1,463$17,1054Variance
42Salt of This Sea$4,973--1--$4,973$4,9731
43Winnebago Man$4,914-63%7-3$702$103,6386Kino International
44Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$4,645--1--$4,645$4,6451First Run Features
45The Sicilian Girl$4,398-26%10$4,398$16,4002Music Box
46Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,113--2--$2,057$258,74912Rialto
47The People I've Slept With$3,716--1--$3,716$3,7161People Pictures
48Ondine$3,552-48%7-5$507$518,55924Magnolia
49Twelve$3,437-97%12-219$286$181,5912Hannover House
50Princess Kaiulani$3,231172%32$1,077$866,35814Roadside Attractions
51Everyone Else$2,931--2--$1,466$88,61261Cinema Guild
52The City of Your Final Destination$2,829-10%73$404$493,29618Screen Media Films
53Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,6844%30$895$23,278,848150National Geographic
54City Island$2,394-52%81$299$6,665,81122Anchor Bay
55The Killer Inside Me$2,272-71%5-6$454$214,9669IFC Films
56Kisses$2,004-82%3-8$668$71,8915Oscilloscope
57Spring Fever$1,693-37%1-1$1,693$8,76811Strand
58U2 3D$1,569-16%10$1,569$10,357,859134National Geographic
59The Oxford Murders$1,51527%21$758$3,6072Magnolia
60The Nature of Existence$1,125-74%1-2$1,125$36,8859Walking Shadows
61The Law$1,097--1--$1,097$14,0018Oscilloscope
62Brotherhood (2009)$955-61%10$955$5,3702Olive Films
63Only When I Dance$933--1--$933$6,3157Film Movement
64Mugabe and the White African$854--1--$854$4,5424First Run
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$772--2--$386$45,5268Kino International
66To the Sea$711-70%1-2$711$30,0405Film Movement
67Holy Rollers$707--1--$707$302,25829First Independent Pictures
68Stonewall Uprising$695-78%2-1$348$118,1559First Run Features
69Kings of the Evening$599-70%10$599$97,12527Indican Pictures
70OSS 117: Lost in Rio$557--1--$557$88,82270Music Box
71Ajami$477-53%10$477$619,12348Kino International
72Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$450-65%10$450$65,77011Indican Pictures