'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, Nov. 1 - Sun, Nov. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Ender's Game$27,017,351--3,407--$7,930$27,017,3511Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$20,010,303-38%3,3459$5,982$61,568,6392Paramount
3Last Vegas$16,334,566--3,065--$5,329$16,334,5661CBS Films
4Free Birds$15,805,237--3,736--$4,231$15,805,2371Relativity Media
5Gravity$12,825,346-36%3,024-683$4,241$218,891,3595Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$8,407,725-28%3,021-122$2,783$82,458,2324Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,150,983-34%2,430-681$1,708$106,146,1606Sony / Columbia
8The Counselor$3,379,850-57%3,0440$1,110$13,767,3592Fox
9Carrie (2013)$3,263,524-46%2,252-905$1,449$31,836,4123Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$2,271,200-50%1,966-917$1,155$21,590,9463Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

112 Years a Slave$4,792,214125%410287$11,688$8,952,5383Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,086,284-32%662-173$1,641$14,809,9647Fox Searchlight
3About Time$1,076,250--175--$6,150$1,076,2501Universal
4Krrish3$1,049,560--208--$5,046$1,049,5601Eros International
5All Is Lost$569,83811%13048$4,383$1,433,5303Roadside Attractions
6Despicable Me 2$423,3408%309-70$1,370$364,774,32518Universal
7We're the Millers$413,159-29%555-231$744$149,221,40513Warner Bros. / New Line
8Insidious: Chapter 2$408,149-54%553-676$738$82,820,5808FilmDistrict
9Prisoners$401,278-62%465-882$863$59,949,8857Warner Bros.
10Rush (2013)$340,910-51%303-374$1,125$26,491,9197Universal
12Baggage Claim$240,627-57%294-300$818$21,224,3906Fox Searchlight
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$209,210-8%251-52$834$67,489,95013Fox
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$193,107-28%312-132$619$115,071,73112Weinstein Company
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$190,199-62%243-215$783$2,057,2863High Top Releasing
16Monsters University$177,890-15%176-31$1,011$268,019,45820Disney
17Don Jon$170,899-66%181-359$944$23,889,4816Relativity Media
18Machete Kills$163,171-47%263-990$620$7,632,8794Open Road
19Grown Ups 2$118,747-15%148-40$802$133,471,45317Sony / Columbia
20Instructions Not Included$109,885-61%136-165$808$44,132,64010Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Runner Runner$102,109-82%237-732$431$19,156,6325Fox
22The Smurfs 2$79,604-24%135-70$590$70,879,07814Sony / Columbia
23The Wolverine$73,449-29%119-45$617$132,357,10915Fox
24Pulling Strings$69,315-74%109-206$636$5,713,5665Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Man of Tai Chi$61,054--110--$555$61,0541RADiUS-TWC
26The Fifth Estate$33,065-94%111-1658$298$3,187,9963Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1Dallas Buyers Club$260,865--9--$28,985$260,8651Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$224,413124%3733$6,065$381,7692IFC Films
3The Saratov Approach$145,476-7%430$3,383$916,8064Purdie Distribution
4Blue Jasmine$111,675-25%94-25$1,188$32,387,32615Sony Pictures Classics
5Wadjda$94,828-23%84-3$1,129$1,140,3088Sony Pictures Classics
6Diana$67,754--38--$1,783$67,7541eOne Films US
7Kill Your Darlings$67,18560%1911$3,536$219,0803Sony Pictures Classics
8Turbo$60,360-19%69-39$875$82,807,21516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Muscle Shoals$57,828-30%46-10$1,257$440,5966Magnolia Pictures
10Inequality for All$51,987-37%67-30$776$1,052,2166RADiUS-TWC
11The Family (2013)$47,532-46%87-131$546$36,578,9858Relativity Media
12Grace Unplugged$44,751-63%81-127$552$2,451,2525Roadside Attractions
13Hubble 3D$36,0183%13-1$2,771$41,116,600190Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Heat$28,620-27%42-38$681$159,511,44019Fox
15Austenland$25,944-16%35-8$741$2,047,04212Sony Pictures Classics
16Elysium$23,878-33%38-23$628$92,572,08513Sony / TriStar
17Space Station 3D$23,0301%4-1$5,758$89,302,892603IMAX
18In a World...$18,786-18%22-10$854$2,906,17313Roadside Attractions
19Big Sur$16,835--13--$1,295$16,8351Ketchup Entertainment
20Spinning Plates$11,513-44%63$1,919$39,1372The Film Arcade
2120 Feet from Stardom$10,58213%9-3$1,176$4,730,87021RADiUS-TWC
22Romeo and Juliet (2013)$9,991-72%22-69$454$1,107,9074Relativity Media
23The Summit$9,839-60%22-31$447$218,4545IFC Films
24The Way, Way Back$9,636-6%15-8$642$21,490,10718Fox Searchlight
25The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$9,165--1--$9,165$9,1651Zeitgeist Films
26Let the Fire Burn$9,128680%97$1,014$32,7125Zeitgeist Films
27The World's End$8,589-28%16-10$537$25,971,35911Focus
28Born to Be Wild 3D$8,315-1%100$832$23,066,614135Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Seasons of Gray$7,569-35%8-6$946$64,8193EchoLight Studios
30A.C.O.D.$7,424-56%15-4$495$172,3445The Film Arcade
31Running From Crazy$6,822--1--$6,822$6,8221Vitagraph Films
32To the Arctic 3D$6,603-21%9-1$734$13,615,64881Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Deep Sea 3D$5,980-13%41$1,495$45,938,522401Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$5,872-29%5-9$1,174$45,9026Rialto Pictures
35Escape From Tomorrow$5,491-64%7-4$784$164,6924Producers Distribution Agency
36These Birds Walk$5,454--1--$5,454$5,4541Oscilloscope
37Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$5,273-25%10$5,273$17,9162Cinepix
38I Am Divine$5,196--4--$1,299$16,6934The Film Collaborative
39When Comedy Went to School$5,100127%51$1,020$213,34214International Film Circuit
40Parkland$4,886-63%5-15$977$652,3555Exclusive Media
41Short Term 12$4,541-67%8-10$568$962,70211Cinedigm
42Under the Sea 3D$3,90626%4-3$977$33,654,202247Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Prince Avalanche$3,751256%52$750$201,38413Magnolia Pictures
44Good Ol' Freda$3,537-55%7-6$505$128,0999Magnolia Pictures
45God Loves Uganda$3,274--5--$655$22,7204Variance Films
46Bastards$3,163-29%21$1,582$12,2472IFC Films
47Hannah Arendt$3,125325%21$1,563$714,44223Zeitgeist Films
48The Spectacular Now$2,653-63%18-6$147$6,836,90814A24
49In the Name Of$2,635--1--$2,635$3,5701Film Movement
50After Tiller$2,534--4--$634$59,4007Oscilloscope
51Museum Hours$2,02357%3-1$674$534,46519Cinema Guild
52A Touch of Sin$2,00850%42$502$79,3885Kino Lorber
53Linsanity$1,804-86%4-4$451$259,9325Ketchup Entertainment
54The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,772-41%3-1$591$45,54411Kino Lorber
55Bad Milo!$1,717207%20$859$19,6135Magnolia / Magnet
56Zaytoun$1,697-61%4-2$424$41,2307Strand Releasing
57Mr. Nobody$1,612--4--$403$1,6121Magnolia Pictures
58Mother of George$1,218--4--$305$142,5188Oscilloscope
59Hotel Normandy$1,161--1--$1,161$4,6406Rialto Premieres
60Drinking Buddies$910-44%2-3$455$340,43011Magnolia Pictures
61Hava Nagila (The Movie)$866--1--$866$369,75336International Film Circuit
62Torn$849-90%2-3$425$17,4453The Film Collective
63Broadway Idiot$787295%10$787$26,3114FilmBuff
64The Patience Stone$748-76%4-1$187$143,39812Sony Pictures Classics
65Camille Claudel 1915$696-85%1-1$696$18,2543Kino Lorber
66Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$417-71%1-1$417$4,87112First Run Features
67A Perfect Man$388--2--$194$3881IFC Films
68Before Midnight$350-62%1-2$350$8,114,50724Sony Pictures Classics
69Birth of the Living Dead$346-79%2-8$173$4,8683First Run Features
70I'm So Excited$260-92%1-4$260$1,367,84619Sony Pictures Classics
71The Citizen$160-10%21$80$24,2969Monterey Media
72I Used to Be Darker$72-97%1-4$72$21,5406Strand Releasing