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, Sep. 20 - Sun, Sep. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$20,817,053--3,260--$6,386$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$13,801,818-66%3,155106$4,375$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$7,000,722-50%3,0910$2,265$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$4,603,177--2,008--$2,292$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$4,558,271-16%3,003-235$1,518$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,193,123-24%2,931-308$1,431$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
7Riddick$3,656,620-47%3,022-95$1,210$37,164,9103Universal
8Planes$2,709,736-13%2,446-293$1,108$86,392,0297Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,776,271-6%1,473-165$1,206$64,248,0827Fox
10Elysium$1,466,321-30%1,392-328$1,053$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$1,360,4206%1,004-2$1,355$360,730,82012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$1,130,536-54%1,706-594$663$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$650,370-42%1,047-529$621$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$5,396,68811%97845$5,518$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,093,998--318--$9,730$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3Blue Jasmine$1,212,206-25%847-146$1,431$29,605,7019Sony Pictures Classics
4The World's End$716,329-45%833-410$860$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$650,480-25%752-156$865$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$536,591--269--$1,995$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Smurfs 2$533,021-16%596-97$894$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
8The Wolverine$458,114-19%462-78$992$130,884,9169Fox
9The Conjuring$417,477-30%561-115$744$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10Turbo$408,594-5%333-20$1,227$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Spectacular Now$383,070-46%571-199$671$6,402,1368A24
12This Is The End$323,754-59%527-806$614$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
13Monsters University$303,958-16%314-68$968$265,840,98814Disney
14The Heat$274,048-3%310-26$884$158,674,18013Fox
15Grown Ups 2$250,661-15%258-36$972$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
16The Grandmaster$240,136-50%473-232$508$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
17In a World...$236,044-18%1440$1,639$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
18Austenland$231,352-30%234-40$989$1,526,0066Sony Pictures Classics
19The Way, Way Back$215,951-26%324-97$667$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
20Getaway$199,145-71%515-863$387$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
21You're Next$198,226-65%532-578$373$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22World War Z$187,174-41%203-77$922$202,136,14514Paramount
23Salinger$182,218315%138134$1,320$358,1073Weinstein Company
24Pacific Rim$176,108-23%202-52$872$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
25Kick-Ass 2$100,505-60%201-142$500$28,751,7156Universal
26R.I.P.D.$100,415-22%151-13$665$33,592,41510Universal
27Red 2$97,823-24%178-31$550$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
28The Ultimate Life$96,442-60%184-228$524$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
29The Lone Ranger$94,751-28%138-58$687$89,146,11012Disney
30Jobs$90,353-53%152-87$594$16,052,6286Open Road
31Now You See Me$81,145-36%133-38$610$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
32Fruitvale Station$43,557-42%103-34$423$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
33Closed Circuit$36,349-83%105-308$346$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Phata Poster Nikla Hero$260,188--94--$2,768$260,1881Eros International
2Generation Iron$245,000--55--$4,455$245,0001The Vladar Company
3Enough Said$232,800--4--$58,200$286,5341Fox Searchlight
4Rush (2013)$187,289--5--$37,458$187,2891Universal
5Short Term 12$129,071-17%7512$1,721$702,3675Cinedigm
6Grand Masti$73,307-67%640$1,145$362,5602Eros International
7Wadjda$66,56661%96$7,396$204,3942Sony Pictures Classics
8Paranoia$61,15165%8817$695$7,329,4316Relativity Media
9My Lucky Star$47,006--23--$2,044$47,0061China Lion Film
10Hubble 3D$39,74733%141$2,839$40,740,695184Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Drinking Buddies$36,052-33%334$1,092$288,5155Magnolia Pictures
12C.O.G.$32,677--20--$1,634$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
13Museum Hours$31,62054%191$1,664$460,98413Cinema Guild
14You Will Be My Son$29,14498%2115$1,388$152,5106Cohen Media Group
15The Short Game$28,434--20--$1,422$28,4341Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
16Populaire$27,882-27%205$1,394$106,2473Weinstein Company
17Jewtopia$26,371--16--$1,648$26,3711Le Petit Canyon Productions
18Chennai Express$21,853-28%20-10$1,093$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
19Snake and Mongoose$20,93664%126$1,745$129,2697Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Adore$19,646-69%32-20$614$302,0203Exclusive Media
21Good Ol' Freda$18,51427%114$1,683$51,4423Magnolia Pictures
22Ain't Them Bodies Saints$17,040-43%434$396$371,1776IFC Films
23The Attack$16,451-42%151$1,097$1,700,40914Cohen Media Group
24Still Mine$15,654-36%19-4$824$1,105,79311IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
25Ip Man: The Final Fight$15,514--14--$1,108$15,5141Well Go USA
26Haute Cuisine$15,387--3--$5,129$15,3871Weinstein Company
27Space Station 3D$13,7984%30$4,599$89,017,893597IMAX
28Blackfish$12,965-60%28-16$463$2,019,25410Magnolia Pictures
29Blue Caprice$12,525-7%98$1,392$30,6432IFC Films
30Unfinished Song$12,50459%236$544$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
31The Patience Stone$12,32043%158$821$106,4106Sony Pictures Classics
32Hannah Arendt$11,34566%61$1,891$676,23617Zeitgeist Films
33Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$10,84869%184$603$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
34Mademoiselle C$10,280-28%71$1,469$33,8532Cohen Media Group
35A Single Shot$10,020--10--$1,002$10,0201Tribeca Film
36To the Arctic 3D$9,96237%11-1$906$13,537,31075Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65858%90$962$22,970,546129Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Jerusalem 3D$7,668--1--$7,668$8,6301National Geographic
39Under the Sea 3D$6,27416%80$784$33,608,513241Warner Bros. / IMAX
40When Comedy Went to School$5,919145%84$740$160,8218International Film Circuit
41Before Midnight$5,644-47%10-11$564$8,095,92818Sony Pictures Classics
42Satyagraha$5,359-78%9-26$595$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
43Afternoon Delight$5,052-85%12-27$421$174,4964The Film Arcade
44Deep Sea 3D$4,696-37%2-6$2,348$45,878,619395Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Renoir$4,434-45%2-1$2,217$2,291,04726IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
46Touchy Feely$4,382-51%50$876$26,9713Magnolia Pictures
47Zaytoun$4,100--2--$2,050$4,1001Strand Releasing
48The Hunt$3,056-51%8-2$382$602,58511Magnolia Pictures
49Prince Avalanche$2,403-62%7-5$343$182,6147Magnolia Pictures
50Fill the Void$2,4011665%97$267$1,770,76718Sony Pictures Classics
51The Act of Killing$2,185-90%11-8$199$431,83510Drafthouse Films
52Drug War$2,147--4--$537$120,8569Variance Films / Well Go USA
53I'm So Excited$2,116-67%90$235$1,355,29213Sony Pictures Classics
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,101-80%2-1$1,051$20,1782Icarus Films
55Rising From Ashes$2,051-56%3-2$684$31,5378First Run Features
56Passion$1,878-69%4-8$470$91,1864eOne Films US
57Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,858-80%6-5$310$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
58Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,810--4--$453$46,17311Variance Films
59Men at Lunch$1,530--1--$1,530$1,5301First Run Features
60The Wall$1,445-48%1-1$1,445$38,67417Music Box Films
61Savannah$1,195-62%4-2$299$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
62Spark: A Burning Man Story$1,047--2--$524$120,0596Paladin / Film Buff
63Stories We Tell$984232%51$197$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions
64Love Is All You Need$862-65%3-2$287$1,629,87621Sony Pictures Classics
65Viola$739-56%10$739$17,90011Cinema Guild
66The Trials of Muhammad Ali$718-33%10$718$11,9115Kino Lorber
67M (2013 re-issue)$717--1--$717$35,27428Kino Lorber
68Informant$704-76%20$352$5,1662Music Box Films
69Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$498-48%30$166$105,03012Magnolia Pictures
70Our Nixon$485-81%2-2$243$17,8424Cinedigm
71Free the Mind$482--1--$482$125,44121International Film Circuit
72I Spit on Your Grave 2$441--1--$441$4411Anchor Bay Films
73Computer Chess$367-55%20$184$94,69410Kino Lorber
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$366-66%10$366$150,40723Kino Lorber
75Il Futuro$323-87%1-2$323$8,6453Strand Releasing
76Leviathan (2013)$262-37%10$262$74,79430Cinema Guild
77Approaching Midnight$249-1%21$125$2,4854Monterey Media
78Europa Report$232-77%1-3$232$121,3478Magnolia / Magnet
79I Declare War$178-21%32$59$14,5664Drafthouse Films
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-3%31$57$21,47616Magnolia Pictures
81A Hijacking$163-91%2-1$82$409,43314Magnolia Pictures