Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.1M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $24.0M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $16.0MApril 19, 2015 08:47 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in an estimated $29.06 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 $294.41 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.59 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 an estimated $24.0 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 20 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 $7.35 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 39 percent on Saturday to gross $10.2 million and is estimated to decline 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.45 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio stands at 3.27 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 an estimated $16.02 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 19 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.8 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $6.0 million and is estimated to decline 46 percent on Sunday to take in $3.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.36 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with an estimated $10.3 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 44 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 $142.61 million. That places the film essentially on par with 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 an estimated $6.85 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 47 percent from last weekend's debut. While that represented a sizable second weekend decline, it also represented a respectable second weekend hold given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.51 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 34 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in seventh place with an estimated $4.72 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label debuted 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 just below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 8 percent on Saturday to take in $1.67 million and is estimated to decline 10.5 percent on Sunday to gross $1.49 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.04 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.

On the platform front, A24's Ex Machina continued to perform well with an estimated $814,293 from 39 locations. That gave the critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film a per-location average of $20,879 for the frame. Ex Machina has grossed $1.14 million through ten days of platform release and is scheduled to receive a major expansion on Friday.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 19 - Sun, Aug. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$20,018,659-23%2,690156$7,442$71,340,8292Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,119,502-42%3,471-220$4,644$133,583,8623Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,644,672--3,295--$3,534$11,644,6721Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$10,021,215--3,015--$3,324$10,021,2151Lionsgate
5Fright Night (2011)$8,114,388--3,114--$2,606$8,114,3881Disney / DreamWorks
6The Smurfs$7,802,377-43%3,057-370$2,552$117,546,8824Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$7,703,466-57%3,1550$2,442$32,326,6862Warner Bros. / New Line
830 Minutes or Less$6,402,602-52%2,8880$2,217$25,864,4302Sony / Columbia
9One Day$5,079,566--1,721--$2,952$5,079,5661Focus
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,797,364-32%1,940-695$2,473$64,266,9694Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,511,411-38%1,738-676$2,596$366,007,9006Warner Bros.
12Cowboys & Aliens$4,215,780-46%2,213-1097$1,905$89,498,3054Universal
13Captain America: The First Avenger$4,115,529-43%1,988-847$2,070$164,747,6435Paramount
14The Change-Up$2,824,945-55%1,633-1280$1,730$31,970,2853Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$1,804,598-70%1,982-58$910$10,443,8832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$1,279,350-48%755-583$1,695$112,574,9967Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$770,04958%201100$3,831$3,072,8845Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$606,276-56%484-402$1,253$348,540,0068Paramount / DreamWorks
4Midnight in Paris$552,103-21%258-70$2,140$50,614,94614Sony Pictures Classics
5Friends With Benefits$533,670-71%413-881$1,292$54,712,1455Sony / Screen Gems
6Zookeeper$405,031-60%370-378$1,095$76,771,3357Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$348,218-47%297-197$1,172$186,951,4579Disney
8Green Lantern (2011)$335,379-17%2420$1,386$115,601,13910Warner Bros.
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$302,144-22%274-20$1,103$66,626,80610Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$284,465-19%237-15$1,200$163,942,84213Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bridesmaids$280,595-22%244-41$1,150$167,661,31015Universal
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$263,292-20%231-23$1,140$240,141,36914Disney
13Winnie the Pooh$176,938-54%294-115$602$25,726,4816Disney
14X-Men: First Class$131,661-30%146-37$902$145,939,79512Fox
15The Hangover Part II$131,530-28%193-39$682$254,174,50613Warner Bros.
16Bad Teacher$106,189-48%100-49$1,062$98,108,4259Sony / Columbia
17Monte Carlo$70,235-20%107-17$656$22,813,4718Fox
18Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$35,698-50%1000$357$3,056,0466Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Guard$419,91949%8336$5,059$1,217,6894Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,293-8%490$4,210$11,774,07120Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$159,105116%1412$11,365$270,6042Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$150,90331%4422$3,430$409,9893IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5The Devil's Double$147,765-43%83-6$1,780$1,000,5934Lionsgate
6Another Earth$143,604-13%875$1,651$936,4005Fox Searchlight
7Sur le Rythme$127,942-29%72-1$1,777$668,2802Entertainment One Films
8The Tree of Life$119,782-25%96-22$1,248$12,693,86813Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$101,857-6%86-22$1,184$125,691,63011Paramount
10Hubble 3D$94,050-20%290$3,243$28,346,81375Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Attack the Block$83,478-23%444$1,897$604,4204Sony / Screen Gems
12Point Blank$76,15315%3615$2,115$303,2624Magnolia / Magnet
13Buck$73,947-32%78-23$948$3,693,15510IFC Films
14The Trip (2011)$64,715-19%47-8$1,377$1,836,62111IFC Films
15The Future$62,187-2%3111$2,006$333,9974Roadside Attractions
16Beginners$56,128-45%69-34$813$5,640,33612Focus
17The Names of Love$43,494160%2112$2,071$325,0589Music Box Films
18Le Sens de l'humour$42,950-35%40-1$1,074$3,179,1937Alliance Films
193D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$41,9364544%109$4,194$43,5922China Lion Film
20The Hedgehog$39,276--6--$6,546$39,2761NeoClassics Films
21Rio (2011)$38,024-45%68-31$559$143,558,18119Fox
22Amigo$37,324--10--$3,732$37,3241Variance Films
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$35,9566%100$3,596$3,989,742673D Entertainment
24Mozart's Sister$34,046--7--$4,864$34,0461Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$33,576-21%110$3,052$29,652,833132Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Thor$30,733-44%54-27$569$181,015,14116Paramount
27Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$30,153-26%14-3$2,154$388,8327International Film Circuit
28Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$29,304-47%34-1$862$1,101,3997Sony Pictures Classics
29Tabloid$23,730-36%24-7$989$585,5926IFC Films
30A Better Life$23,01232%6514$354$1,732,3059Summit
31Terri$22,71213%18-3$1,262$571,7378IDP/ATO Pictures
32Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,483-75%37-67$554$1,283,6596Fox Searchlight
33Space Station 3D$16,764-15%1-1$16,764$84,193,437488IMAX
34Bellflower$16,484-31%81$2,061$85,3043Oscilloscope
35Cave of Forgotten Dreams$16,114-13%150$1,074$5,234,78517IFC Films
36Gun Hill Road$14,087-40%5-5$2,817$106,1213Motion Film Group
37The Interrupters$12,053-16%20$6,027$56,9494Cinema Guild
38Project Nim$11,840-49%12-6$987$334,4527Roadside Attractions
39Page One: Inside the New York Times$11,817-48%16-7$739$1,019,99410Magnolia Pictures
40The Double Hour$8,80520%120$734$1,510,89319IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Turtle: The Incredible Journey$7,601-57%3-9$2,534$349,2649Hannover House
42Magic Trip$7,537-56%103$754$61,2663Magnolia Pictures
43CornerStore$7,426-42%21$3,713$25,9192Undefined
44Incendies$7,408-28%4-7$1,852$6,812,16018Sony Pictures Classics
45Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$6,668-8%21$3,334$25,3582Lorber Films
46Life, Above All$6,592143%40$1,648$82,8836Sony Pictures Classics
47Bride Flight$6,344-29%10-2$634$459,01211Music Box Films
48Mysteries of Lisbon$6,323-51%1-1$6,323$51,6223Music Box Films
49Life in a Day$6,270-61%10-7$627$207,3244National Geographic
505 Days of War$6,254--2--$3,127$6,2541Anchor Bay Films
51El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,056-5%21$3,028$74,2784Alive Mind Cinema
52Deep Sea 3D$5,530-27%31$1,843$44,462,656286Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Griff the Invisible$5,087--6--$848$5,0871Indomina Media
54The Last Circus$4,757--1--$4,757$4,7571Magnolia / Magnet
55WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,564--2--$2,282$36,69212Zeitgeist Films
56Insidious$4,063-23%9-4$451$53,984,26921FilmDistrict
57The Perfect Host$3,84921%104$385$43,9188Magnolia Pictures
58Everything Must Go$2,807136%41$702$2,706,12415Roadside Attractions
59How To Live Forever$2,532--1--$2,532$56,39915Variance Films
60Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,457-79%3-2$819$184,7159Abramorama
61Viva Riva!$2,408--2--$1,204$56,41111Music Box Films
62Trollhunter$2,406-72%5-9$481$240,85111Magnolia / Magnet
6313 Assassins$2,069-26%42$517$802,52417Magnolia / Magnet
64The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,918--2--$959$29,20015Argot Pictures
65Rejoice and Shout$1,84147%51$368$97,86612Magnolia Pictures
66The Tree$1,605-53%2-4$803$28,1686Zeitgeist Films
67The Sleeping Beauty$1,591207%10$1,591$26,3077Strand Releasing
68Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,52319%30$508$238,17049Collective Eye
69The Conspirator$1,48683%42$372$11,535,47419Roadside Attractions
70Salvation Boulevard$1,397-14%2-2$699$27,4456IFC Films
71Jig$1,380--1--$1,380$157,50410Screen Media Films
72Flypaper$1,098--2--$549$1,0981IFC Films
73Octubre$1,0953%21$548$21,58016New Yorker Films
74Leap Year (2011)$1,086204%10$1,086$11,2939Strand Releasing
75Meek's Cutoff$920-58%2-2$460$977,60020Oscilloscope
76Daylight (2011)$890790%10$890$3,8836Cinema Purgatorio
77Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$886-42%2-1$443$262,7349Abramorama
78The Myth of the American Sleepover$819-59%21$410$39,0015IFC Films
79Summer (2011 re-issue)$80421%21$402$29,73611The Film Desk
80If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$800-72%20$400$61,1539Oscilloscope
81Bill Cunningham New York$725-69%1-3$725$1,473,05423Zeitgeist Films
82Rapt$644-66%1-1$644$34,0047Lorber Films
83The Robber$642-5%10$642$80,99917Kino International
84In a Better World$605-95%2-13$303$1,005,76221Sony Pictures Classics
85The Arbor$576--1--$576$20,13917Strand Releasing
86The Woodmans$492--1--$492$37,97631Lorber Films
87The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$480--1--$480$638,21618Sony Pictures Classics
88Queen to Play$432-89%1-3$432$477,93821Zeitgeist Films
89Road to Nowhere$365-14%21$183$39,35111Monterey Media
90Pianomania$272-62%10$272$20,00813First Run Features
91My Perestroika$215-69%1-1$215$241,13922International Film Circuit