'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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 3$174,144,585--4,253--$40,946$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$7,511,315-63%3,28710$2,285$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$6,055,327-43%3,345-60$1,810$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$5,642,335-68%3,430-362$1,645$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$4,202,639-38%2,915-368$1,442$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$3,881,857-49%2,6330$1,474$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,113,00917%1,160-450$1,822$228,858,9419Disney
8Scary Movie 5$1,441,360-58%1,857-876$776$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,280,152-53%1,162-422$1,102$18,676,7926Focus
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,270,094-66%1,804-903$704$118,752,4106Paramount
11Olympus Has Fallen$1,194,650-58%1,632-702$732$95,374,5297FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,161,801-2%576213$3,753$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$896,750-62%980-868$915$43,756,7355Universal
3The Company You Keep$703,465-39%541-266$1,300$3,433,1825Sony Pictures Classics
4Evil Dead$614,524-69%959-1227$641$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$411,592-62%504-438$817$51,365,5036Lionsgate
6Jack the Giant Slayer$295,425-30%335-30$882$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
7Identity Thief$204,010-42%300-125$680$133,454,40513Universal
8Silver Linings Playbook$198,5480%468107$424$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
9Filly Brown$170,666-69%204-55$837$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Host (2013)$151,722-60%290-321$523$26,143,8196Open Road
11The Sapphires$146,610-18%123-3$1,192$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
12Snitch (2013)$136,017-27%215-37$633$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
13Home Run$128,217-72%164-206$782$2,549,0563IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Escape From Planet Earth$123,640-24%257-26$481$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
15The Call$92,740-71%200-313$464$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
16Safe Haven$75,723-44%169-90$448$71,210,28912Relativity Media
17Side Effects (2013)$66,16338%16557$401$32,086,04113Open Road
18Warm Bodies$60,294-40%140-50$431$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1Shootout at Wadala$212,346--89--$2,386$212,3461Eros International
2Renoir$146,02519%7411$1,973$1,073,0106IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$87,946--4--$21,987$87,9461Millennium Entertainment
4The Reluctant Fundamentalist$86,225179%3532$2,464$129,9792IFC Films
5Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$83,586--20--$4,179$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kon-Tiki$74,097234%1412$5,293$107,2732Weinstein Company
7Life of Pi$58,448-27%99-32$590$124,757,30924Fox
8Hubble 3D$58,00112%183$3,222$37,959,926164Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$47,02662%2213$2,138$137,8043Cohen Media Group
10Trance$44,099-61%86-71$513$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
11Quartet$43,499-47%86-44$506$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$41,742-12%72-50$580$67,294,33812Fox
13To the Arctic 3D$40,465-29%520$778$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$39,630--4--$9,908$39,6301eOne Films US
15The Angels' Share$39,03812%337$1,183$163,7984IFC Films
16Love Is All You Need$36,746--4--$9,187$36,7461Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Wonder$36,444-49%38-22$959$463,2974Magnolia Pictures
18No (2013)$33,452-51%45-29$743$2,196,83112Sony Pictures Classics
19From Up on Poppy Hill$33,278-39%39-5$853$854,0188GKIDS
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$32,544-52%82-103$397$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
21At Any Price$31,67597%1814$1,760$60,8612Sony Pictures Classics
22Spring Breakers$26,483-49%43-29$616$14,000,8118A24
2321 And Over$25,054-63%82-54$306$25,650,58610Relativity Media
24The Lords of Salem$24,212-87%50-230$484$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
25Midnight's Children$22,272--10--$2,227$36,5382Paladin/108 Media
26What Maisie Knew$21,480--1--$21,480$21,4801Millenium Entertainment
27Starbuck$20,2666%281$724$3,757,0917eOne Films US
28Space Station 3D$19,35546%52$3,871$87,781,510577IMAX
29Born to Be Wild 3D$19,202-22%300$640$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Under the Sea 3D$17,9582%18-1$998$32,881,226221Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Blancanieves$17,319-16%153$1,155$219,1026Cohen Media Group
32No Place on Earth$16,296-1%19-8$858$125,4005Magnolia Pictures
33Hava Nagila (The Movie)$15,720106%114$1,429$287,04110International Film Circuit
34The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$15,089-66%10-15$1,509$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
35Dark Skies$14,279-49%29-34$492$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
36Room 237$13,739-31%287$491$247,1706IFC Midnight
37Parental Guidance$13,294-45%42-19$317$77,240,66619Fox
38Something in the Air$13,288--3--$4,429$13,2881IFC Films
39Ginger & Rosa$13,0658%244$544$814,0408A24
40Arthur Newman$13,030-88%35-213$372$190,2552Cinedigm
41Free the Mind$12,215--1--$12,215$12,2151International Film Circuit
42The Gatekeepers$10,902-11%18-4$606$2,347,54414Sony Pictures Classics
43King's Faith$10,381-62%71$1,483$42,3692Waking Giants Entertainment
44Emperor$8,35010%20-6$418$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
45Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$8,104-15%43$2,026$47,8653Kino Lorber
46Paradise: Love$8,01733%42$2,004$17,3562Strand Releasing
47Lore$7,833-56%8-9$979$874,41613Music Box Films
48Dead Man's Burden$7,620--1--$7,620$7,6201Cinedigm
49Camp (2013)$6,686-86%12-16$557$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
50Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$5,845495%53$1,169$26,7745First Run Features
51Tai Chi Hero$4,986-61%5-2$997$24,4602Well Go USA
52Post Tenebras Lux$4,674--1--$4,674$7,0961Strand Releasing
53An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,480-55%20$2,240$17,6762Variance Films
54Django Unchained$4,433-70%12-26$369$162,800,48019Weinstein Company
55Girl Rising$3,870-73%39-33$99$1,097,6579Gathr Films
56Not Today$3,84437%30$1,281$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
57Deep Sea 3D$3,573-24%2-2$1,787$45,525,743375Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Searching For Sugar Man$3,105-41%91$345$3,653,30741Sony Pictures Classics
59Storm Surfers 3D$3,076-58%20$1,538$13,9352XLrator Media
60Amour$3,0040%111$273$6,735,66520Sony Pictures Classics
61Violeta Went to Heaven$2,84480%21$1,422$21,2896Kino Lorber
62Kiss of the Damned$2,723--2--$1,362$2,7231Magnolia / Magnet
63Leonie$2,58424%41$646$48,8268Monterey Media
64Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$2,570--1--$2,570$33,59814First Run Features
6556 Up$2,539-47%2-4$1,270$691,06618First Run Features
66Fists of Legend$2,469-78%3-5$823$133,3894CJ Entertainment
67A Place at the Table$2,026100%70$289$226,35610Magnolia Pictures
68The Silence$1,948740%10$1,948$80,3539Music Box Films
69The Happy House$1,756--1--$1,756$1,7561First Run Features
70Gimme the Loot$1,668-41%103$167$94,7407IFC Films
71Graceland$1,616-88%2-13$808$20,7912Drafthouse Films
725 Broken Cameras$1,604-42%10$1,604$108,54149Kino Lorber
73A Fierce Green Fire$1,5901839%10$1,590$28,48710First Run Features
74Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,538-67%32$513$21,3423Kino Lorber
75Stoker$1,168-52%7-2$167$1,702,27710Fox Searchlight
76Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,154-30%2-3$577$336,64815Music Box Films
77Ek Thi Daayan$1,112-94%470$24$111,7303Eros International
78Wrong$1,095-59%4-1$274$45,2096Drafthouse Films
79Koch$911-34%21$456$338,37614Zeitgeist Films
80Hunky Dory$8747%31$291$19,0417Variance Films
81The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$593--2--$297$83028Strand Releasing
82Leviathan (2013)$59240%21$296$54,75510Cinema Guild
83Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$488--1--$488$30,1045Cinema Guild