Grosses

'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, Oct. 18 - Sun, Oct. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$30,027,161-30%3,820160$7,861$169,563,2913Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$16,413,093-36%3,0200$5,435$52,443,3282Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$16,101,552--3,157--$5,100$16,101,5521Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$9,885,732--2,883--$3,429$9,885,7321Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,672,791-30%3,602-272$2,685$92,709,5594Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$2,064,235-43%2,160-695$956$57,258,3935Warner Bros.
7The Fifth Estate$1,673,351--1,769--$946$1,673,3511Disney / DreamWorks
8Runner Runner$1,665,242-56%2,011-1015$828$17,576,5603Fox
9Insidious: Chapter 2$1,499,842-45%1,665-491$901$80,890,0836FilmDistrict
10Rush (2013)$1,261,115-47%1,197-933$1,054$24,623,2945Universal
11Machete Kills$1,203,135-69%2,5380$474$6,402,3742Open Road
12Don Jon$1,182,410-50%1,114-882$1,061$22,479,5774Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$1,750,519-8%757151$2,312$10,737,9665Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$1,100,374-46%865-455$1,272$20,001,0294Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$971,826--457--$2,127$971,8261High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$744,255-32%881-269$845$147,710,41611Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$607,966-52%43810$1,388$5,163,7523Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Instructions Not Included$538,588-48%475-236$1,134$43,542,1388Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Despicable Me 2$485,850-4%395-39$1,230$363,741,08016Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$387,473-38%602-378$644$114,282,70010Weinstein Company
9Monsters University$307,919-14%230-5$1,339$267,497,03718Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$300,021-15%350-54$857$66,921,92711Fox
11Grace Unplugged$234,392-55%313-189$749$2,177,7303Roadside Attractions
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$221,128-57%4610$480$938,2012Relativity Media
13The Family (2013)$215,410-63%483-567$446$36,295,4456Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$208,797-23%223-38$936$133,123,82015Sony / Columbia
15The Smurfs 2$199,131-21%242-26$823$70,630,58612Sony / Columbia
16Blue Jasmine$188,718-18%152-38$1,242$31,972,04513Sony Pictures Classics
17The Wolverine$152,564-15%207-20$737$132,078,65113Fox
18Planes$151,963-35%210-170$724$88,711,67411Disney
19Inequality for All$127,946-16%10323$1,242$778,0734RADiUS-TWC
20Turbo$120,102-25%149-38$806$82,628,80814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Riddick$117,500-54%253-177$464$41,885,6457Universal
222 Guns$91,740-21%135-31$680$75,573,30012Universal
23The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$84,268-67%1470$573$441,0732Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
24The Heat$77,246-20%103-36$750$159,403,24417Fox
25The Conjuring$43,032-37%113-32$381$137,344,44114Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$923,715--19--$48,617$923,7151Fox Searchlight
2Wadjda$140,92434%6619$2,135$800,6496Sony Pictures Classics
3The Saratov Approach$132,476-3%241$5,520$450,3442Purdie Distribution
4Muscle Shoals$95,44389%3622$2,651$219,3254Magnolia Pictures
5All Is Lost$93,583--6--$15,597$93,5831Roadside Attractions
6The Face Reader$68,802-41%18-1$3,822$484,1123Pan Media & Entertainment
7Elysium$55,621-37%93-47$598$92,468,06611Sony / TriStar
8Generation Iron$55,230-27%33-1$1,674$696,7155The Vladar Company
9Kill Your Darlings$53,452--4--$13,363$69,2751Sony Pictures Classics
10A.C.O.D.$45,99235%4224$1,095$121,3403The Film Arcade
11Battle of the Year$43,392-69%86-124$505$8,888,3555Sony / Screen Gems
12Hubble 3D$42,65430%130$3,281$40,985,570188Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Summit$42,189-1%7036$603$144,8073IFC Films
14Austenland$37,236-11%47-5$792$1,958,05510Sony Pictures Classics
15In a World...$36,761-18%47-7$782$2,837,65311Roadside Attractions
16Seasons of Gray$31,953--24--$1,331$31,9531EchoLight Studios
17Parkland$30,598-67%32-101$956$614,6223Exclusive Media
18Space Station 3D$25,682-11%41$6,421$89,206,530601IMAX
19The Spectacular Now$22,44116%5421$416$6,811,44512A24
20Haute Cuisine$20,176-18%21-9$961$190,7565Weinstein Company
21Escape From Tomorrow$18,322-71%11-19$1,666$118,3332Producers Distribution Agency
22The Way, Way Back$17,876-23%38-25$470$21,456,09216Fox Searchlight
23Linsanity$16,697-68%9-7$1,855$227,9083Ketchup Entertainment
24The World's End$14,215-56%40-33$355$25,934,3259Focus
25Concussion (2013)$13,897--25--$556$38,3613RADiUS-TWC
26Short Term 12$12,705-33%22-8$578$931,2389Cinedigm
27Shahid$12,153--16--$760$12,1531UTV Motion Pictures
28Broadway Idiot$11,522109%65$1,920$18,2682FilmBuff
29Thanks for Sharing$9,37531%14-2$670$1,045,0385Roadside Attractions
30A Touch of Sin$9,043-51%60$1,507$69,6543Kino Lorber
31To the Arctic 3D$8,1308%9-1$903$13,590,50979Warner Bros. / IMAX
32We Are What We Are (2013)$7,907-51%12-1$659$64,0434eOne Films US
3320 Feet from Stardom$7,881--17--$464$4,698,37619RADiUS-TWC
34Fruitvale Station$7,870-31%20-21$394$16,086,92315Weinstein Company
35As I Lay Dying$5,841-18%21$2,921$15,0092Millenium Entertainment
36Born to Be Wild 3D$5,290-39%8-1$661$23,026,394133Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Camille Claudel 1915$5,106--1--$5,106$6,6401Kino Lorber
38Torn$4,881--1--$4,881$4,8811The Film Collective
39Museum Hours$4,78244%6-1$797$526,80417Cinema Guild
40The Trials of Muhammad Ali$4,694337%3-3$1,565$35,9549Kino Lorber
41Under the Sea 3D$4,497-19%5-1$899$33,643,674245Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Blackfish$4,43824%163$277$2,070,05314Magnolia Pictures
43Populaire$4,349-19%14-7$311$175,2567Weinstein Company
44When Comedy Went to School$4,074-63%6-6$679$202,45412International Film Circuit
45Zaytoun$3,889259%42$972$30,7435Strand Releasing
46Deep Sea 3D$3,857-40%1-1$3,857$45,908,186399Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Grandmaster$3,583-54%9-7$398$6,594,1369Weinstein Company
48Drinking Buddies$3,50887%136$270$333,4969Magnolia Pictures
49Good Ol' Freda$3,268-51%8-3$409$110,3367Magnolia Pictures
50God Loves Uganda$3,154-43%10$3,154$11,9302Variance Films
51The Patience Stone$2,814-27%8-12$352$136,16710Sony Pictures Classics
52Hannah Arendt$2,659--2--$1,330$707,19421Zeitgeist Films
53The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,53851%31$846$22,3504Rialto Pictures
54Blue Caprice$2,113-32%6-10$352$91,1266IFC Films
55Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$2,081-61%20$1,041$87,7834AMC Entertainment
56Let the Fire Burn$2,020--2--$1,010$18,6623Zeitgeist Films
57Bad Milo!$1,901-54%5-4$380$16,3943Magnolia / Magnet
58Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$1,880-56%10$1,880$8,3662First Run Features
59Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$1,712--1--$1,712$26,1686Icarus Films
60Free the Mind$1,422-13%2-1$711$142,00825International Film Circuit
61Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,343-16%10$1,343$37,8845Well Go USA
62I Used to Be Darker$1,335-13%31$445$16,9874Strand Releasing
63Birth of the Living Dead$1,239--6--$207$1,2391First Run Features
64Drug War$1,099--2--$550$127,69513Variance Films / Well Go USA
65On the Job$955-90%1-7$955$164,6204Well Go USA
66Prince Avalanche$879-36%73$126$195,19611Magnolia Pictures
67The Citizen$605-31%2-2$303$23,2727Monterey Media
68The Act of Killing$51717%2-2$259$445,09214Drafthouse Films
69Cassadaga$397-76%30$132$2,2412Archstone Distribution
70Shepard & Dark$379-69%1-1$379$7,7924Music Box Films
71Viola$316--1--$316$20,66915Cinema Guild
72Leviathan (2013)$235-69%10$235$76,20234Cinema Guild
73Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$230--1--$230$9,4874Rialto Pictures
74Touchy Feely$204-74%1-2$204$35,9667Magnolia Pictures
75Il Futuro$81--1--$81$9,7227Strand Releasing