'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, Mar. 28 - Sun, Mar. 30

Wide (1000+)

2Divergent$25,619,578-53%3,9360$6,509$94,379,5862Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$11,279,128-34%3,1940$3,531$33,116,8172Disney
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,070,635-23%3,299-308$2,750$94,479,4484Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5God's Not Dead$8,797,666-5%1,178398$7,468$21,750,6842Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Sabotage (2014)$5,272,444--2,486--$2,121$5,272,4441Open Road
7Need For Speed$4,226,216-47%2,705-410$1,562$37,644,2373Disney / DreamWorks
8300: Rise of an Empire$4,209,290-51%2,601-484$1,618$101,054,7044Warner Bros.
9Non-Stop (2014)$4,010,885-38%2,515-430$1,595$85,091,0605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$3,018,060-27%2,001-500$1,508$248,216,7808Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,121,830-64%1,139-757$985$14,999,9353Lionsgate
12Son of God$1,064,201-61%1,277-862$833$57,854,9435Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$8,539,79526%977673$8,741$24,171,6104Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$2,861,528--664--$4,310$2,861,5281Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$2,560,186407%842755$3,041$3,478,8763Focus
4The Monuments Men$428,787-55%501-437$856$76,588,2488Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$337,736-54%387-682$873$398,391,61119Disney
6Ride Along$318,390-49%360-290$884$133,659,26511Universal
7The Nut Job$312,530-7%294-41$1,063$63,106,25511Open Road
83 Days to Kill$211,705-64%340-412$623$30,233,9786Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$158,425-66%210-137$754$3,182,5763Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$134,083-70%228-294$588$56,378,41024Fox Searchlight
12Gravity$121,981-46%135-67$904$273,312,63926Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$107,603-54%188-93$572$150,017,42116Sony / Columbia
14Philomena$106,001-49%202-95$525$37,325,12419Weinstein Company
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$103,597-24%185-39$560$258,206,25316Warner Bros. / New Line
16RoboCop (2014)$97,144-57%168-160$578$57,279,4237Sony / Columbia
17Pompeii$92,852-26%162-39$573$22,970,5436Sony / TriStar
18Lone Survivor$89,925-36%165-46$545$124,964,47614Universal
19The Wolf of Wall Street$86,772-55%134-81$648$116,866,72714Paramount
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$75,482-12%107-21$705$50,549,10711Paramount
21The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$63,523-45%158-53$402$424,645,57719Lionsgate
22Her (2013)$48,944-31%11037$445$25,459,68715Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Lunchbox$287,43056%7337$3,937$885,4515Sony Pictures Classics
2Le Week-End$215,38758%5025$4,308$472,9013Music Box Films
3The Raid 2$165,292--7--$23,613$165,2921Sony Pictures Classics
4Journey to the South Pacific$133,6989%170$7,865$1,669,87118IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$124,442-21%3813$3,275$367,2192Magnolia Pictures
6The Wind Rises$121,923-40%78-72$1,563$4,922,6756Disney
7Tim's Vermeer$90,463-42%94-35$962$1,424,0019Sony Pictures Classics
8Mistaken for Strangers$87,743--9--$9,749$87,7431Abramorama
9About Last Night$74,145-63%91-123$815$48,419,4307Sony / Screen Gems
10Particle Fever$68,796-13%276$2,548$442,5954Abramorama / Bond 360
11Jerusalem 3D$67,915-33%325$2,122$3,344,60028National Geographic
12Hubble 3D$65,02628%170$3,825$43,171,097211Warner Bros. / IMAX
13On My Way$59,23612%3111$1,911$149,6133Cohen Media Group
14Dallas Buyers Club$56,477-62%99-79$570$27,191,66622Focus
15That Awkward Moment$42,143-41%68-25$620$26,049,0829Focus
1650 to 1$39,638-49%18-1$2,202$146,7372Ten Furlongs
17Jodorowsky's Dune$36,0340%74$5,148$90,6882Sony Pictures Classics
18August: Osage County$32,791-47%81-60$405$37,672,09814Weinstein Company
19Saving Mr. Banks$31,610-36%55-21$575$83,262,22416Disney
20Ernest & Celestine$30,812184%125$2,568$128,8695GKIDS
21The Great Beauty$24,520-41%20-25$1,226$2,784,68720Janus Films
22The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$22,821-16%43-20$531$58,201,17414Fox
23Rob the Mob$22,36462%54$4,473$40,3262Millennium Entertainment
24Gloria (2014)$20,655-50%36-14$574$2,025,38610Roadside Attractions
25The Book Thief$20,23623%310$653$21,464,17521Fox
26Anita (2014)$19,990-55%70$2,856$80,2812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27Walking With Dinosaurs$18,544-14%42-17$442$36,051,81715Fox
28Just a Sigh$17,404--5--$3,481$33,5772Distrib Films
29Thor: The Dark World$16,833-31%41-18$411$206,314,55921Disney
30Breathe In$15,324--18--$851$15,3241Cohen Media Group
31To the Arctic 3D$14,36314%6-6$2,394$13,922,280102Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Winter's Tale$12,737-66%85-59$150$12,591,6607Warner Bros.
33Stalingrad (2014)$11,24457%6653$170$1,004,1425Sony / Columbia
34Born to Be Wild 3D$10,84373%12-1$904$23,249,280156Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Under the Sea 3D$9,53742%7-1$1,362$33,815,340268Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Big Men$9,4027%30$3,134$35,4063Abramorama
37Cheap Thrills$9,133-51%75$1,305$32,6792Drafthouse Films
38Dishkiyaoon$8,173--11--$743$8,1731Eros International
39The Invisible Woman$7,837-36%160$490$1,206,95314Sony Pictures Classics
40The Missing Picture$7,711-24%4-1$1,928$25,6652Strand Releasing
41The Past$7,0478%233$306$1,319,94115Sony Pictures Classics
42Vampire Academy$6,344-51%24-11$264$7,785,9568Weinstein Company
43Stranger By the Lake$4,379-51%4-12$1,095$315,32210Strand Releasing
44Child's Pose$4,003-52%4-6$1,001$71,7616Zeitgeist Films
45When Comedy Went to School$2,753-28%5-2$551$363,19735International Film Circuit
46Grand Piano$2,572-7%6-4$429$19,1634Magnolia / Magnet
47Jews of Egypt$2,179--1--$2,179$2,1791ArtMattan Productions
48In Bloom$1,996450%1-1$1,996$41,57512Big World Pictures
49Blood Ties$1,873-93%5-23$375$41,2292Roadside Attractions
5020 Feet from Stardom$1,628-31%4-3$407$4,938,07542RADiUS-TWC
51Journey to the West$1,4376%3-1$479$16,6304Magnolia / Magnet
52Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$1,428-82%51$286$113,8358Kino Lorber
54Maidentrip$1,335-61%4-3$334$64,89615First Run Features
55The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$1,288-78%4-5$322$2,357,8909ShortsHD
56Refuge$1,274--1--$1,274$1,2741Strand Releasing
57Blue Jasmine$1,244-68%3-9$415$33,404,87136Sony Pictures Classics
58Girl on a Bicycle$1,019-65%1-1$1,019$86,7097Monterey Media
59Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$998-29%21$499$26,0048Rialto Pictures
60Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-61%3-1$324$39,75122International Film Circuit
61Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$888--1--$888$51,4277Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
62Free the Mind$63661%10$636$157,00748International Film Circuit
63The Right Kind of Wrong$338-20%10$338$2,0223Magnolia Pictures