'Furious 7' Holds First with Another $8.3M on Friday; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Earns Solid $7.3M; 'Unfriended' Opens Well at $6.8M; 'Monkey Kingdom' Nabs $1.55MApril 18, 2015 03:10 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 5 - Sun, Aug. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$54,806,191--3,648--$15,024$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$20,702,415-42%3,3950$6,098$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$15,729,455-57%3,7544$4,190$67,349,5202Universal
4The Change-Up$13,531,115--2,913--$4,645$13,531,1151Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$13,021,922-49%3,620-95$3,597$143,203,9673Paramount
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,445,031-43%3,175-970$3,920$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,017,146-37%3,0200$3,979$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$4,687,883-49%2,398-528$1,955$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$4,583,252-36%2,025-485$2,263$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,086,145-49%1,854-750$1,665$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$2,168,776-50%1,724-694$1,258$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cars 2$1,222,836-48%926-837$1,321$184,807,3307Disney
2Midnight in Paris$981,867-15%399-72$2,461$48,486,54112Sony Pictures Classics
3Winnie the Pooh$806,782-55%716-916$1,127$24,440,6284Disney
5Kung Fu Panda 2$500,339-24%290-29$1,725$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$448,837119%274108$1,638$239,048,69812Disney
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$407,111-13%327-85$1,245$65,426,9698Fox
8X-Men: First Class$369,56829%236-18$1,566$145,292,35110Fox
9Bad Teacher$341,825-59%350-415$977$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part II$293,159-27%303-43$968$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$254,955-23%170-26$1,500$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
12Buck$190,3566%12615$1,511$3,309,0098IFC Films
14Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$182,337-48%1000$1,823$2,855,6734Eros International
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$177,931-3%11623$1,534$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$170,049-44%174-151$977$125,316,7999Paramount
17Larry Crowne$161,445-39%229-106$705$35,398,4856Universal
18Rio (2011)$138,837-25%139-35$999$143,323,28117Fox
19Monte Carlo$128,574-5%141-27$912$22,516,0996Fox
20Green Lantern (2011)$110,292-40%108-27$1,021$114,570,3848Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Sarah's Key$547,88349%6734$8,177$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$228,420-7%490$4,662$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$198,436106%3328$6,013$342,1512Lionsgate
4The Guard$192,336150%1915$10,123$307,5092Sony Pictures Classics
5Another Earth$170,55856%5535$3,101$452,7793Fox Searchlight
6The Trip (2011)$123,04024%605$2,051$1,596,6689IFC Films
7Le Sens de l'humour$111,893-31%61-8$1,834$2,875,5075Alliance Films
8Hubble 3D$110,399-6%324$3,450$27,916,55973Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$89,577-29%16-2$5,599$309,6492Viva Entertainment
10The Future$85,841216%1817$4,769$128,1422Roadside Attractions
11Attack the Block$77,741-44%80$9,718$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
12Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$77,477-34%38-5$2,039$941,2865Sony Pictures Classics
13The Whistleblower$61,002--7--$8,715$61,0021IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Fast Five$58,055-58%86-39$675$209,805,00515Universal
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$50,83943%80$6,355$268,9735International Film Circuit
16Point Blank$47,55016%93$5,283$109,6772Magnolia / Magnet
17Tabloid$45,813-38%27-10$1,697$478,3134IFC Films
18Under the Sea 3D$45,656-14%141$3,261$29,484,993130Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$44,0185%111$4,002$3,835,352653D Entertainment
20A Better Life$40,980-47%74-34$554$1,664,3397Summit
21Page One: Inside the New York Times$40,055-33%43-9$932$957,2198Magnolia Pictures
22Gun Hill Road$37,963--3--$12,654$37,9631Motion Film Group
23Life in a Day$35,839-21%198$1,886$152,2312National Geographic
24Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,189-1%28-4$1,257$5,164,55315IFC Films
25Terri$34,203-13%17-7$2,012$505,4476IDP/ATO Pictures
26Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$28,103-56%88-73$319$14,959,1599Relativity Media
27Project Nim$23,500-26%210$1,119$270,1235Roadside Attractions
29Turtle: The Incredible Journey$22,17084%158$1,478$311,4547Hannover House
30Incendies$19,287-5%15-7$1,286$6,779,97516Sony Pictures Classics
31Bride Flight$18,452-26%190$971$430,3859Music Box Films
32Passione: A Musical Adventure$16,18853%52$3,238$158,8217Abramorama
33Water for Elephants$15,428-38%24-17$643$58,700,24716Fox
34Magic Trip$14,367--4--$3,592$14,3671Magnolia Pictures
35The Double Hour$13,439-25%16-1$840$1,480,97717IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,308--2--$6,154$12,3081Music Box Films
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,149-5%10$12,149$44,1722Alive Mind Cinema
3935 and Ticking$11,2391868%53$2,248$106,33912Image Entertainment
40In a Better World$9,922-14%12-3$827$979,49419Sony Pictures Classics
41Life, Above All$8,67388%127$723$66,9614Sony Pictures Classics
42The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,58711%31$2,862$32,6053IFC Films
43Jig$8,420--4--$2,105$147,9598Screen Media Films
44Gerry (2011)$7,585--5--$1,517$1,955,1198Entertainment One Films
45Trollhunter$7,409-2%164$463$217,7189Magnolia / Magnet
46Deep Sea 3D$7,324-14%2-1$3,662$44,433,920284Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Perfect Host$5,306117%51$1,061$32,4976Magnolia Pictures
48Queen to Play$4,858-30%5-1$972$468,92019Zeitgeist Films
49Salvation Boulevard$4,823197%31$1,608$22,3954IFC Films
50The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,78629%30$1,595$55,8797Rialto Pictures
51Delhi Belly$4,567-51%6-1$761$1,531,7576UTV Communications
52Meek's Cutoff$4,224-53%4-3$1,056$970,10318Oscilloscope
53Singham$3,937-94%9-30$437$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
54The Interrupters$3,557-55%21$1,779$16,0842Cinema Guild
55Bill Cunningham New York$3,421-34%4-1$855$1,459,80721Zeitgeist Films
56The Last Mountain$3,296276%31$1,099$115,97710Dada Films
57Everything Must Go$3,133-3%80$392$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
58Protektor$2,968--2--$1,484$2,9681Film Movement
59Submarine$2,822-73%10-9$282$459,23510Weinstein Company
60Rejoice and Shout$2,668198%52$534$92,47010Magnolia Pictures
61Poetry$2,064--1--$2,064$353,71426Kino International
62Pianomania$1,923469%21$962$17,41311First Run Features
63Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,832--3--$611$258,1237Abramorama
64Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,822295%32$607$20,01913Strand Releasing
65The Robber$1,70613%10$1,706$77,31015Kino International
66If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,62721%41$407$55,7317Oscilloscope
6713 Assassins$1,555-35%4-3$389$794,69815Magnolia / Magnet
68Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,376130%10$1,376$183,60523Strand Releasing
69Road to Nowhere$1,26926%1-1$1,269$37,0079Monterey Media
70The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,235-71%3-6$412$636,92816Sony Pictures Classics
71City of Life and Death$1,217--2--$609$99,07013Kino International
72The Arbor$1,214498%21$607$18,68515Strand Releasing
73The Salvation Poem$1,177-76%2-11$589$913,61743CanZion Films
74Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,058--1--$1,058$55,6285Eleven Arts
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$896--1--$896$47,74130Kino International
76Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$724-26%20$362$233,83847Collective Eye
77Hobo with a Shotgun$717-67%3-1$239$703,00214Magnolia / Magnet
78The Tree$498-76%2-1$249$20,1154Zeitgeist Films
79Good Neighbors$459-84%2-1$230$5,2382Magnolia Pictures
80Rapt$407-67%10$407$30,6885Lorber Films
81Into Eternity$300--1--$300$55,03727International Film Circuit
82Small Town Murder Songs$253--1--$253$30,19711Monterey Media
83The Conspirator$234-54%2-1$117$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions
84The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$214-88%10$214$25,93013Argot Pictures
85The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$124-57%10$124$150,29919Lorber Films