'Furious 7' Leads Fourth Straight Race with $18.3M; 'Paul Blart 2' Holds Well with $15.5M; 'Age of Adaline' Takes Third with Solid $13.4M DebutApril 26, 2015 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in an estimated $18.26 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 37 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.54 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with an estimated $15.5 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 35 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.95 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 4 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with an estimated $13.38 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline opened with $4.95 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8 percent on Saturday to gross $5.35 million and is estimated to decline 42.5 percent on Sunday to gross $3.08 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.70 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed an estimated $8.3 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 22 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.78 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $6.24 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.15 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.44 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,336 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.92 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with an estimated $2.83 million. The modestly budgeted family comedy from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,708 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.35 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and is estimated to fall 15 percent on Sunday to gross $0.68 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.10 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 3 - Sun, Jan. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen (2013)$19,575,525-32%3,318-17$5,900$296,691,7297Disney
2Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,343,611--2,867--$6,398$18,343,6111Paramount
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,675,220-46%3,730-198$4,202$229,059,6424Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$13,230,353-28%2,55720$5,174$63,125,4672Paramount
5American Hustle$12,404,207-34%2,51811$4,926$87,923,1234Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$10,633,959-46%3,407-100$3,121$108,713,4723Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$8,694,891-35%2,1100$4,121$58,958,2804Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,001,717-37%2,92213$2,738$45,470,9542Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$7,051,309-30%2,143-172$3,290$407,139,6997Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$5,325,423-24%2,85618$1,865$24,835,4802Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$5,057,215-49%2,6901$1,880$32,687,6802Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$3,740,592-49%2,560-683$1,461$31,344,1853Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,912,311-58%1,474-314$1,976$50,227,2774Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,055,769-53%1,01035$1,045$7,061,5876Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$573,566-71%1,0370$553$5,962,9822Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$1,442,960-18%607-120$2,377$19,586,3117Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,078,455-14%156-5$6,913$6,890,8055CBS Films
3Nebraska$618,248-16%240-10$2,576$7,003,2968Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$529,211-14%329-152$1,609$19,091,8199Fox
5Gravity$477,241-6%165-10$2,892$255,621,66714Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$476,507-25%291-28$1,637$203,449,2049Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$440,528-14%278-25$1,585$117,614,23715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$328,744-12%151-3$2,177$38,472,08612Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$310,734-71%138-82$2,252$7,846,8723Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$303,6559%1284$2,372$16,300,84310Focus
11Ender's Game$220,537-18%242-7$911$61,656,84910Lionsgate / Summit
12Free Birds$210,161-7%25310$831$54,894,52510Relativity Media
13Last Vegas$198,965-21%25736$774$63,112,31810CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$174,804-25%220-37$795$101,625,44411Paramount
15Captain Phillips$121,032-14%105-6$1,153$104,834,73413Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$105,935-51%13010$815$70,492,6858Universal
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$101,351334%13399$762$116,293,66221Weinstein Company
18Delivery Man$97,687-18%1459$674$29,866,4387Disney / DreamWorks
19Despicable Me 2$96,640-25%151-14$640$367,956,73527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Her (2013)$722,76511%470$15,378$2,987,7413Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$139,915-22%50$27,983$481,6842Weinstein Company
3The Great Beauty$89,53928%431$2,082$948,9068Janus Films
4Lone Survivor$84,857-7%20$42,429$326,6852Universal
5Hubble 3D$58,764-66%9-1$6,529$42,031,656199Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Plan$50,093-27%84-23$596$25,063,55512Lionsgate / Summit
7All Is Lost$46,629-28%714$657$6,047,20712Roadside Attractions
8Space Station 3D$42,951167%2-1$21,476$89,779,230612IMAX
9The Past$34,8642%50$6,973$154,9193Sony Pictures Classics
10Personal Tailor$28,913-47%90$3,213$343,1293China Lion Film
11Blue Is the Warmest Color$27,6097%240$1,150$2,066,03411IFC Films
12The Invisible Woman$27,136-15%41$6,784$113,8252Sony Pictures Classics
13Out of the Furnace$23,087-44%59-43$391$11,187,5365Relativity Media
14Enough Said$21,264-12%23-4$925$17,497,66916Fox Searchlight
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$20,681-21%39-14$530$68,518,21022Fox
16The Saratov Approach$20,44418%162$1,278$1,573,12413Purdie Distribution
17Blue Jasmine$19,517-8%20-3$976$33,053,13324Sony Pictures Classics
18Kill Your Darlings$18,136-17%25-3$725$989,07412Sony Pictures Classics
19Journey to the South Pacific$7,703-61%41$1,926$78,7416IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
20To the Arctic 3D$7,027-28%6-2$1,171$13,745,67590Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Bettie Page Reveals All$6,71619%72$959$81,7767Music Box Films
22The Armstrong Lie$6,171-23%151$411$345,8919Sony Pictures Classics
23Interior. Leather Bar.$5,218--1--$5,218$5,2181Strand Releasing
24Wadjda$5,187-27%10-6$519$1,411,02817Sony Pictures Classics
25Under the Sea 3D$5,077-29%41$1,269$33,713,828256Warner Bros. / IMAX
26The Punk Singer$4,52826%133$348$115,8146IFC Films
27The Counselor$4,088-33%21-3$195$16,960,22411Fox
28Black Nativity$3,730-69%15-9$249$7,012,3166Fox Searchlight
2920 Feet from Stardom$3,660-25%4-4$915$4,821,58130RADiUS-TWC
30Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$3,544-51%130$273$132,4097IFC Films
31Born to Be Wild 3D$3,448-9%3-1$1,149$23,125,926144Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Don Jon$3,204-21%21-10$153$24,475,19315Relativity Media
33The Family (2013)$2,973-33%19-10$156$36,917,73017Relativity Media
34The Selfish Giant$2,912126%63$485$10,5313IFC Films
35The Best Offer$2,595--1--$2,595$2,5951IFC Films
36Muscle Shoals$2,188-11%5-2$438$671,81015Magnolia Pictures
37The Act of Killing$1,94575%42$486$461,77725Drafthouse Films
38Beyond Outrage$1,938--1--$1,938$1,9381Magnolia / Magnet
39Museum Hours$1,672--2--$836$553,73628Cinema Guild
40I Am Divine$1,064-62%2-2$532$63,66113The Film Collaborative
41Paradise: Hope$841--3--$280$5,9425Strand Releasing
42The Last Days on Mars$5051%21$253$23,3765Magnolia / Magnet
43Short Term 12$477--1--$477$1,008,98420Cinedigm
44Inequality for All$475-65%43$119$1,192,89115RADiUS-TWC
45Here Comes the Devil$322-47%20$161$3,2714Magnolia / Magnet
46The Wait$161--1--$161$1611Monterey Media
47Sweet Dreams (2013)$101--1--$101$25,59110International Film Circuit