'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. 23 - Sun, Aug. 25

Wide (1000+)

1Lee Daniels' The Butler$16,503,812-33%3,110177$5,307$51,760,6252Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$13,047,119-27%3,445120$3,787$91,287,3183Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$9,336,957--3,118--$2,995$14,088,3591Sony / Screen Gems
4The World's End$8,811,790--1,551--$5,681$8,811,7901Focus
6You're Next$7,020,196--2,437--$2,881$7,020,1961Lionsgate
7Elysium$6,926,280-49%2,913-371$2,378$68,880,2183Sony / TriStar
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,274,716-40%2,730-350$1,932$48,421,1693Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$4,373,310-67%2,9455$1,485$22,526,4452Universal
10Blue Jasmine$3,972,68773%1,2831054$3,096$14,471,4895Sony Pictures Classics
112 Guns$3,359,825-42%1,841-630$1,825$65,353,9954Universal
12Jobs$2,866,014-57%2,3810$1,204$12,009,3012Open Road
13The Smurfs 2$2,764,252-42%1,852-497$1,493$62,580,3704Sony / Columbia
14Despicable Me 2$2,600,715-33%1,402-416$1,855$350,701,1358Universal
15The Wolverine$2,483,787-45%1,449-609$1,714$125,079,4635Fox
16The Conjuring$2,058,284-47%1,355-646$1,519$131,668,9926Warner Bros. / New Line
17Paranoia$1,313,251-63%2,4590$534$6,250,2932Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1Grown Ups 2$900,617-47%620-621$1,453$128,945,2487Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$643,442-40%470-289$1,369$78,785,4456Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Spectacular Now$619,23450%15499$4,021$1,904,4124A24
4The Heat$544,888-38%409-282$1,332$156,392,7669Fox
5The Way, Way Back$407,154-45%302-155$1,348$18,628,0978Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$402,621-44%260-184$1,549$99,174,9807Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$391,041-15%243-38$1,609$261,811,23210Disney
8Chennai Express$387,902-57%144-46$2,694$4,687,7523UTV Motion Pictures
9Man of Steel$353,846-31%303-62$1,168$290,229,82211Warner Bros.
10Red 2$346,236-50%389-326$890$51,605,1256Lionsgate / Summit
11Now You See Me$336,923121%246112$1,370$116,433,75013Lionsgate / Summit
12World War Z$314,920-28%239-68$1,318$198,854,94110Paramount
13Fruitvale Station$276,172-47%392-85$705$15,185,2497Weinstein Company
14White House Down$265,751169%229122$1,160$72,425,6929Sony / Columbia
15Iron Man 3$217,321-31%173-17$1,256$408,569,26317Disney
17The Lone Ranger$187,784-16%141-43$1,332$87,989,6928Disney
18Star Trek Into Darkness$106,356-45%144-66$739$227,377,84415Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1In a World...$283,99424%7538$3,787$732,7793Roadside Attractions
2Blackfish$134,209-30%992$1,356$1,638,4116Magnolia Pictures
3The Grandmaster$132,617--7--$18,945$132,6171Weinstein Company
4Austenland$111,322174%2218$5,060$170,8152Sony Pictures Classics
520 Feet from Stardom$85,998-29%70-25$1,229$4,245,28611RADiUS-TWC
6Ain't Them Bodies Saints$65,175147%2825$2,328$106,0962IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$59,167-18%131$4,551$40,428,995180Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Short Term 12$56,206--4--$14,052$56,2061Cinedigm
9Fast & Furious 6$52,435-45%98-43$535$238,550,31014Universal
10This Is The End$45,696-49%38-20$1,203$96,771,09311Sony / Columbia
11The Croods$40,130-46%69-45$582$187,073,69723Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Attack$29,509-34%17-13$1,736$1,504,48710Cohen Media Group
13Cutie and the Boxer$28,65836%129$2,388$61,0562RADiUS-TWC
14The Internship$25,887-62%47-53$551$44,615,73212Fox
15The Hunt$22,334-20%30-1$744$540,9307Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$22,139-28%10$22,139$88,916,587593IMAX
17Museum Hours$21,646-34%11-5$1,968$325,7919Cinema Guild
18Therese (2013)$20,050--6--$3,342$20,0501MPI Pictures
19Drinking Buddies$19,505--2--$9,753$19,5051Magnolia Pictures
20Hannah Arendt$19,237-28%14-3$1,374$613,31013Zeitgeist Films
21You Will Be My Son$18,97324%65$3,162$44,6572Cohen Media Group
22Before Midnight$18,453-4%4926$377$8,016,06414Sony Pictures Classics
23Unfinished Song$17,461-44%27-16$647$1,611,25010Weinstein Company
24Una Noche$17,194--3--$5,731$17,1941IFC Films
25Prince Avalanche$16,558-38%181$920$118,2783Magnolia Pictures
26Under the Sea 3D$15,939-39%6-2$2,657$33,532,113237Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Savannah$15,599--14--$1,114$15,5991Ketchup Entertainment
28When Comedy Went to School$14,524-48%130$1,117$108,4244International Film Circuit
29I'm So Excited$13,060-48%22-9$594$1,306,3929Sony Pictures Classics
30The Act of Killing$12,787-71%15-14$852$354,2426Drafthouse Films
31Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,724-46%27-9$471$4,252,25812Roadside Attractions
32To the Arctic 3D$11,393-31%11-2$1,036$13,447,95671Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Born to Be Wild 3D$10,144-18%110$922$22,911,465125Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Drug War$10,094-54%11-2$918$93,2465Variance Films / Well Go USA
35Still Mine$8,774-70%14-12$627$988,8267IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36Europa Report$8,587-42%10-2$859$108,9814Magnolia / Magnet
37Mud$7,896-43%16-12$494$21,581,88618Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,151-39%9-4$795$45,830,718391Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Frances Ha$6,377-30%8-4$797$4,037,62715IFC Films
40The Patience Stone$6,232-11%42$1,558$19,8622Sony Pictures Classics
41Underdogs (2013)$5,371-71%2-2$2,686$28,5292Freestyle Releasing
42Tiny Times 2$5,259-75%5-1$1,052$36,7592China Lion Film
44Free the Mind$4,214143%41$1,054$107,26317International Film Circuit
45A Hijacking$4,133-63%6-7$689$395,57210Magnolia Pictures
46Rising From Ashes$4,084290%32$1,361$18,3014First Run Features
47Stories We Tell$3,482101%6-2$580$1,583,03316Roadside Attractions
48Girl Rising$3,460196%1-6$3,460$1,526,48825Gathr Films
49The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,426--1--$3,426$21,3665Rialto Pictures
50I Give It a Year$3,129-39%4-2$782$19,8103Magnolia Pictures
51The Trials of Muhammad Ali$2,980--1--$2,980$2,9801Kino Lorber
52Crystal Fairy$2,807-48%13-4$216$179,9647IFC Films
53The Artist and the Model$2,764-73%3-2$921$78,1744Cohen Media Group
54Only God Forgives$2,647-72%3-13$882$775,3286RADiUS-TWC
55The Bling Ring$2,519-56%7-11$360$5,831,56511A24
56Fill the Void$2,392-78%10-10$239$1,752,83814Sony Pictures Classics
57Pain and Gain$2,202-94%22-64$100$49,874,93318Paramount
58Paradise: Faith$2,179--3--$726$2,1791Strand Releasing
59Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$2,067--3--$689$16,9564Doppelgänger Releasing
60Computer Chess$2,065-31%2-1$1,033$90,6196Kino Lorber
61Storm Surfers 3D$1,84243%20$921$117,09018XLrator Media
62Love Is All You Need$1,664-78%3-5$555$1,608,56217Sony Pictures Classics
63Inch'Allah$1,632-52%21$816$457,8852eOne Films US
64The Canyons$1,581-70%3-6$527$49,4944IFC Films
65Stuck in Love$1,473-47%3-2$491$78,9508Millennium Entertainment
66The Wall$1,245-45%2-1$623$33,45413Music Box Films
68Girl Most Likely$93435%1-1$934$1,376,1266Roadside Attractions
69A Band Called Death$899-73%1-1$899$122,4109Drafthouse Films
70Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$86448%30$288$101,1818Magnolia Pictures
71The Happy Sad$779-83%20$390$7,7422Miasma Films
72√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$625618%53$125$17,46312Magnolia Pictures
73Augustine$615-72%20$308$105,68915Music Box Films
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$567129%21$284$147,98619Kino Lorber
75More Than Honey$296-70%1-3$296$66,72811Kino Lorber
76Drew: The Man Behind the Poster$201-89%10$201$3,0782Kino Lorber