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, Apr. 11 - Sun, Apr. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$41,274,861-57%3,9380$10,481$158,883,0322Disney
2Rio 2$39,327,869--3,948--$9,961$39,327,8691Fox
3Oculus$12,005,402--2,648--$4,534$12,005,4021Relativity Media
4Draft Day$9,783,603--2,781--$3,518$9,783,6031Lionsgate / Summit
5Noah$7,553,607-56%3,282-289$2,302$84,975,2423Paramount
6Divergent$7,380,460-43%3,110-521$2,373$124,757,4534Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$5,540,678-29%1,860102$2,979$40,897,9904Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$4,069,245-33%1,467204$2,774$39,488,8006Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$2,275,944-63%2,261-791$1,007$45,752,9914Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,872,803-64%2,001-930$936$105,262,7826Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid 2$956,672631%954928$1,003$1,369,7973Sony Pictures Classics
2Non-Stop (2014)$750,225-58%762-962$985$89,454,5307Universal
3Need For Speed$682,317-62%613-1166$1,113$42,076,5615Disney / DreamWorks
4Bad Words$596,236-63%763-311$781$7,126,3425Focus
5The LEGO Movie$502,033-64%610-740$823$251,560,80410Warner Bros.
6300: Rise of an Empire$441,465-70%525-1030$841$105,020,8906Warner Bros.
7Frozen (2013)$385,006-4%34423$1,119$399,445,24821Disney
8Sabotage (2014)$361,438-82%751-1735$481$10,069,5693Open Road
9Son of God$297,567-3%905424$329$58,969,6407Fox
10Cesar Chavez$285,502-70%305-359$936$5,186,3303Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Lunchbox$283,903-11%12926$2,201$1,735,9117Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Week-End$250,586-14%14542$1,728$1,201,6475Music Box Films
13The Nut Job$186,577-32%261-24$715$63,799,50513Open Road
14The Monuments Men$174,646-20%265-43$659$77,256,82710Sony / Columbia
15RoboCop (2014)$149,157174%19476$769$57,545,2029Sony / Columbia
16Ride Along$144,995-21%177-59$819$134,141,53013Universal
17Gravity$133,931-45%202-53$663$273,838,26928Warner Bros.
18Frankie & Alice$129,337-63%1710$756$592,2202Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
19Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,975-74%135-290$622$15,850,3815Lionsgate
20Philomena$52,665-39%157-40$335$37,574,90021Weinstein Company
21The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$27,379-55%101-29$271$258,355,35418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Skin (2014)$281,650112%5450$5,216$472,6472A24
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$140,315-25%370$3,792$449,3082Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joe (2014)$105,881--48--$2,206$105,8811Roadside Attractions
4Finding Vivian Maier$99,02319%207$4,951$309,0243IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$87,989--4--$21,997$87,9891Sony Pictures Classics
650 to 1$78,924-62%95-38$831$507,4864Ten Furlongs
7Journey to the South Pacific$73,139-18%14-3$5,224$1,977,87520IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Dom Hemingway$70,118140%4238$1,669$119,9412Fox Searchlight
9Nymphomaniac: Volume II$68,443-9%29-1$2,360$191,4372Magnolia Pictures
10Jerusalem 3D$68,44032%331$2,074$3,638,73930National Geographic
11The Unknown Known$63,835-1%8062$798$152,1982RADiUS-TWC
12The Railway Man$61,845--4--$15,461$61,8451Weinstein Company
13Cuban Fury$57,105--79--$723$57,1051eOne Films US
14Hubble 3D$55,218-13%14-4$3,944$43,438,528213Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Nymphomaniac: Volume I$54,878-44%49-10$1,120$648,1984Magnolia Pictures
16Main Tera Hero$45,272-72%770$588$253,2122Eros International
17Jodorowsky's Dune$42,392-15%237$1,843$237,3934Sony Pictures Classics
18Particle Fever$41,309-28%23-4$1,796$598,6476Abramorama / Bond 360
19Pompeii$41,025-42%93-41$441$23,169,0338Sony / TriStar
203 Days to Kill$39,516-41%83-48$476$30,455,3868Relativity Media
2112 Years a Slave$32,935-50%64-64$515$56,567,84426Fox Searchlight
22Rob the Mob$30,293-38%308$1,010$147,3844Millennium Entertainment
23Enemy$29,874-46%39-36$766$950,5125A24
24The Wind Rises$24,870-57%25-27$995$5,089,1618Disney
25Ernest & Celestine$24,601-22%3915$631$212,1797GKIDS
26The Face of Love$22,857-38%32-4$714$309,4276IFC Films
27Tim's Vermeer$19,790-59%29-35$682$1,569,30611Sony Pictures Classics
28The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$18,535257%43$4,634$27,0452Zeitgeist Films
29Afflicted$18,328-74%34-10$539$121,1792CBS Films
30Dallas Buyers Club$17,577-39%33-19$533$27,272,14524Focus
31Her (2013)$16,523-49%38-47$435$25,556,06517Warner Bros.
32On My Way$14,587-62%14-11$1,042$247,9825Cohen Media Group
33About Last Night$13,495-50%26-18$519$48,500,5199Sony / Screen Gems
34Anita (2014)$12,845-69%123$1,070$154,8274IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Alan Partridge$11,875-6%74$1,696$63,8012Magnolia Pictures
36Gloria (2014)$11,6348%247$485$2,064,69712Roadside Attractions
37Dancing in Jaffa$10,564--2--$5,282$10,5641IFC Films
38Thor: The Dark World$10,322-55%16-19$645$206,360,01823Disney
39Veil of Tears$9,953-2%2-2$4,977$69,8303Word Films
40Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,412293%40$2,353$134,68510Kino Lorber
41Breathe In$8,853-72%15-26$590$81,4263Cohen Media Group
42Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$8,548--16--$534$288,8968IFC Films
43Veronica Mars$8,540-77%23-51$371$3,309,8315Warner Bros.
44Watermark$8,2677%31$2,756$20,2142eOne Films US
45August: Osage County$7,681-36%27-15$284$37,718,08316Weinstein Company
46To the Arctic 3D$6,631-14%4-1$1,658$13,967,001104Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Hank and Asha$6,192--1--$6,192$6,1921FilmRise Releasing
48Under the Sea 3D$6,074-23%7-4$868$33,843,931270Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Hateship Loveship$6,015--1--$6,015$6,0151IFC Films
50The Great Beauty$5,578-28%5-2$1,116$2,835,88622Janus Films
51Mistaken for Strangers$5,065-46%4-3$1,266$121,6613Abramorama
52Born to Be Wild 3D$4,9647%111$451$23,269,886158Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Saving Mr. Banks$4,436-61%15-21$296$83,299,76118Disney
54Cheap Thrills$4,224-52%10-8$422$53,6824Drafthouse Films
55The Past$2,59448%3-1$865$1,330,59617Sony Pictures Classics
56Interior. Leather Bar.$2,439--2--$1,220$40,86215Strand Releasing
57The Invisible Woman$1,941-65%7-2$277$1,222,86316Sony Pictures Classics
58Child's Pose$1,809-56%2-2$905$81,0858Zeitgeist Films
59The Butterfly Room$1,081--1--$1,081$1,0811Archstone Distribution
60Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-32%31$324$45,31024International Film Circuit
61Maidentrip$93650%10$936$67,70517First Run Features
62Grand Piano$909-25%2-3$455$22,3536Magnolia / Magnet
63Peter Brook: The Tightrope$824--1--$824$18,92911First Run Features
64Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$552-64%1-2$552$29,39710Rialto Pictures
65The Missing Picture$545-91%3-6$182$39,8604Strand Releasing
6620 Feet from Stardom$480212%21$240$4,941,26344RADiUS-TWC
67The Rocket (2013)$377-9%32$126$52,96314Kino Lorber
68Girl on a Bicycle$328-57%2-1$164$89,8529Monterey Media
69Stranger By the Lake$302-90%1-4$302$323,07012Strand Releasing
70Redwood Highway$30--1--$30$301Monterey Media