'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, Apr. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Think Like a Man$17,604,141-48%2,0150$8,737$60,472,1992Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$11,137,734--3,358--$3,317$11,137,7341Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$10,814,271-26%3,572-180$3,028$372,019,0216Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$10,808,023-52%3,17520$3,404$39,409,7192Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$10,610,060--2,936--$3,614$10,610,0601Universal
6Safe (2012)$7,892,539--2,266--$3,483$7,892,5391Lionsgate
7The Raven$7,289,642--2,203--$3,309$7,289,6421Relativity Media
9The Three Stooges$5,167,421-47%3,105-377$1,664$36,907,9653Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$4,619,480-42%2,639-172$1,750$34,783,3203Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$3,000,054-37%1,820-607$1,648$131,937,5727Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$2,907,900-47%2,154-879$1,350$53,471,7354Universal
13Mirror Mirror$2,232,938-49%2,017-921$1,107$58,870,3605Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$1,981,008-49%1,572-930$1,260$80,524,8195Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$1,913,733-62%1,409-1106$1,358$56,280,8754Paramount
16Lockout$945,406-71%1,259-1076$751$13,334,9363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$848,070-55%883-700$960$208,435,7509Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$512,212-16%401-43$1,277$101,883,41712Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$427,518-38%335-111$1,276$7,777,8468CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$327,390-36%2630$1,245$2,123,8695Weinstein Company
5This Means War$174,554-17%232-61$752$54,351,03711Fox
6Safe House$166,030-28%229-72$725$125,855,85512Universal
7Act of Valor$155,17918%28556$544$69,681,47110Relativity Media
8Footnote$147,089-21%1018$1,456$1,548,2558Sony Pictures Classics
9The Raid: Redemption$134,805-72%126-422$1,070$3,894,0136Sony Pictures Classics
10The Vow$118,983-39%218-79$546$124,808,53312Sony / Screen Gems
11A Thousand Words$115,94983%1691$686$18,071,0018Paramount
12John Carter$112,881-33%180-64$627$69,219,9498Disney
13October Baby$92,108-63%145-165$635$5,186,61327IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$91,287-27%127-48$719$51,662,23011Sony / Columbia
15Project X (2012)$78,168-39%155-103$504$54,637,0079Warner Bros.
17The Secret World of Arrietty$71,836-27%155-40$463$19,004,82511Disney
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$48,815-30%111-24$440$132,990,69120Fox
19Housefull 2$34,452-65%1210$285$1,566,9914Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Monsieur Lazhar$245,12661%6835$3,605$606,44027Music Box Films
2To the Arctic 3D$233,130-14%500$4,663$668,1312Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Marley$208,494-20%6422$3,258$572,3502Magnolia Pictures
4Jiro Dreams of Sushi$150,350-16%803$1,879$1,815,4238Magnolia Pictures
5Tezz$148,133--97--$1,527$148,1331Eros Entertainment
6Vicky Donor$122,742-27%500$2,455$357,7432Eros International
7The Kid With A Bike$111,297-26%85-1$1,309$1,111,4967IFC Films
8Bernie$85,805--3--$28,602$85,8051Millennium Entertainment
9Damsels in Distress$82,880-28%5711$1,454$438,0944Sony Pictures Classics
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$81,175-49%67-39$1,212$1,082,2993Code Black Entertainment
11Born to Be Wild 3D$78,727-11%342$2,316$18,496,71256Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$75,572-10%561$1,350$873,6096Music Box Films
13Darling Companion$64,44161%1713$3,791$119,3422Sony Pictures Classics
14Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,338-56%79-43$726$4,138,1987Paramount Vantage
15We Have a Pope$54,96624%278$2,036$239,7734IFC Films
16Hubble 3D$46,956-15%170$2,762$32,344,848111Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Headhunters$43,013--4--$10,753$43,0131Magnolia Pictures
18Blue Like Jazz$37,163-72%46-80$808$551,7423Roadside Attractions
19Sound of My Voice$36,134--5--$7,227$36,1341Fox Searchlight
20A Separation$35,741-28%48-11$745$6,987,65718Sony Pictures Classics
21Under the Sea 3D$34,5834%16-1$2,161$31,278,412168Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Friends With Kids$31,583-55%53-30$596$7,154,9548Roadside Attractions
23The Artist$29,182-48%50-36$584$44,210,85723Weinstein Company
24The Woman in Black$28,552-40%63-27$453$54,322,27313CBS Films
25Touchback$26,392-55%28-41$943$183,3153Anchor Bay Films
26We Bought a Zoo$25,951-26%52-14$499$75,586,71019Fox
27Elles$24,286--6--$4,048$24,2861Kino Lorber
28Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,8794%12-1$1,990$5,388,9451033D Entertainment
29The Hunter (2012)$23,392-20%174$1,376$135,4364Magnolia Pictures
30A Simple Life$21,929-55%11-2$1,994$162,4723China Lion Film
31Casa de mi Padre$21,531-46%36-22$598$5,812,3107Lionsgate / Pantelion
32Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$19,660-17%27-5$728$43,430,96412Fox
33The Salt of Life$19,380-5%15-1$1,292$272,5669Zeitgeist Films
34Beauty and the Beast 3D$18,560-16%27-4$687$47,611,33116Disney
35Coriolanus$15,82950%140$1,131$707,28415Weinstein Company
36Red Tails$15,640-18%23-16$680$49,848,19415Fox
37Goon$15,572119%237$677$4,139,3055Magnolia / Magnet
38Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,618-59%39-42$375$34,876,48610Lionsgate
39Goodbye First Love$14,004-34%51$2,801$46,0142IFC Films
40We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,568-48%29-12$468$1,708,38021Oscilloscope
41In Darkness$13,511-49%32-9$422$1,024,29512Sony Pictures Classics
43Silent House (2012)$12,323-71%22-37$560$12,750,8968Open Road
44Rampart$11,754268%1811$653$961,05912Millennium Entertainment
45Pina$11,440-12%111$1,040$3,504,36819IFC Films
46Undefeated$11,33810%203$567$519,65411Weinstein Company
47The Highest Pass$10,125--2--$5,063$10,1251Cinema Libre
48Turn Me On, Dammit!$9,01546%54$1,803$50,5855New Yorker Films
49Restless City$8,106--3--$2,702$8,1061AFFRM
50The Descendants$7,923-67%21-16$377$82,624,96124Fox Searchlight
51Albert Nobbs$7,13026%161$446$3,009,27614Roadside Attractions
52The Island President$6,275-4%53$1,255$64,0905IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53W.E.$6,245-41%10-5$625$576,02913Weinstein Company
54Inventing Our Life$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
55Here$5,499--2--$2,750$17,4493Strand Releasing
56Thin Ice$5,368-21%9-2$596$780,48511IDP/ATO Pictures
57Deep Sea 3D$5,368-25%10$5,368$44,593,548322Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Whores' Glory$5,358--3--$1,786$5,3581Kino Lorber
59Gerhard Richter Painting$5,169-12%41$1,292$134,6097Kino Lorber
60War Horse$4,125-62%11-34$375$79,883,35919Disney / DreamWorks
61Hit So Hard$3,174--1--$3,174$15,3583Variance Films
62Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$2,610-60%5-1$522$34,6654Wrekin Hill Entertainment
63Natural Selection$2,5652211%21$1,283$35,3507Cinema Guild
64The Women on the 6th Floor$2,308-56%5-2$462$703,46630Strand Releasing
65The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$2,266--1--$2,266$15,4643Rialto
66Payback (2012)$2,186--1--$2,186$5,8541Zeitgeist Films
67The Fairy$2,16513%21$1,083$13,71610Kino Lorber
68The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$1,919553%54$384$44,68315First Run Features
69Jesus Henry Christ$1,442-82%30$481$12,2112Entertainment One Films
70Love in the Buff$1,346-16%2-2$673$254,7125China Lion Film
71A Dangerous Method$1,085-42%41$271$5,702,08323Sony Pictures Classics
72Free Men$1,008--1--$1,008$45,4337Film Movement
73Surviving Progress$853-91%2-4$427$23,1144First Run Features
74Keyhole$669829%10$669$12,9194Monterey Media
75Citizen Gangster$625--1--$625$6251IFC Films
76The Moth Diaries$445-80%1-1$445$3,8382IFC Films
77Attenberg$407-63%1-1$407$18,4318Strand Releasing
78Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$405-63%10$405$113,89217Cinema Guild
79On the Ice$360-68%10$360$70,52611PMK*BNC
80The FP$315239%21$158$39,7717Drafthouse Films
81Sing Your Song$225-55%10$225$44,89816S2BN Films
82Carnage (2011)$220-77%2-3$110$2,546,74720Sony Pictures Classics
83My Reincarnation$137-74%10$137$91,94427Long Shot Factory