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, Feb. 17 - Mon, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$27,542,825-31%3,1212$8,825$81,812,4402Universal
2The Vow$26,640,786-35%2,9580$9,006$88,567,6232Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$25,934,109-5%3,50030$7,410$59,050,4512Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$25,470,773--3,174--$8,025$25,470,7731Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$20,006,912--3,189--$6,274$21,616,7171Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,920,675-56%2,6550$3,737$35,793,9102Fox
7Chronicle$9,164,061-24%2,556-352$3,585$52,643,4873Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$8,684,864--1,522--$5,706$8,684,8641Disney
9The Woman in Black$7,794,176-23%2,559-297$3,046$46,404,7943CBS Films
10The Grey$3,717,234-26%2,107-694$1,764$48,610,2934Open Road
11The Descendants$3,489,6721%1,243-338$2,807$75,572,44214Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$3,162,190-20%1,634-499$1,935$17,605,6853Universal
13Red Tails$1,769,318-27%1,009-571$1,754$47,885,8545Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,971,45333%8080$3,678$28,070,41213Weinstein Company
2Hugo$2,201,23925%558-144$3,945$67,287,36313Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$1,350,106-46%826-831$1,635$61,593,9075Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,296,47412%623111$2,081$24,656,2608Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$929,511-60%933-1123$996$25,605,7204Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$771,146-48%577-798$1,336$30,774,1239Warner Bros.
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$684,11528%400-102$1,710$129,872,61010Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$669,147103%403138$1,660$185,386,50110Warner Bros.
9Contraband$634,185-50%420-661$1,510$65,860,2056Universal
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$598,6679%184-48$3,254$22,801,51411Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$591,538-16%275-194$2,151$207,404,96110Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$528,19955%30346$1,743$76,529,5159Paramount
132012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$444,4048%13818$3,220$1,059,8472Shorts International
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$411,219-17%189-80$2,176$101,431,0909Sony / Columbia
15Man on a Ledge$405,207-69%401-1022$1,010$18,451,1554Lionsgate
16We Bought a Zoo$386,3997%287-133$1,346$73,743,0209Fox
17War Horse$367,484-19%394-108$933$78,775,4509Disney / DreamWorks
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$356,618-58%214-464$1,666$47,104,4446Disney
19The Muppets$288,4936%269-22$1,072$88,148,49013Disney
20Joyful Noise$267,546-45%340-346$787$30,355,5056Warner Bros.
21Puss in Boots (2011)$263,02621%163-46$1,614$149,074,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
22My Week with Marilyn$249,29720%120-5$2,077$13,694,41413Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$240,555-12%119-32$2,021$2,407,7454Roadside Attractions
24Jack and Jill$152,710-7%134-53$1,140$74,051,63615Sony / Columbia
25Happy Feet Two$130,414-30%135-67$966$63,859,63814Warner Bros.
26The Darkest Hour$98,6911334%11395$873$21,319,6969Summit
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$70,974-58%148-82$480$281,275,99114Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$42,859-49%1320$325$1,981,6054Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$369,88039%549$6,850$2,086,6328Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$366,27242%7810$4,696$2,243,1009IFC Films
3Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$262,704-59%98-13$2,681$1,058,2372UTV Communications
4Thin Ice$217,444--53--$4,103$217,4441IDP/ATO Pictures
5Born to Be Wild 3D$202,56998%451$4,502$16,426,13446Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Dangerous Method$180,280-12%96-11$1,878$5,199,78313Sony Pictures Classics
7Rampart$155,571157%2823$5,556$239,9912Millennium Entertainment
8In Darkness$101,607271%1411$7,258$161,5702Sony Pictures Classics
9Haywire$84,365-59%79-184$1,068$18,766,1095Relativity Media
10We Need to Talk About Kevin$83,6260%160$5,227$617,21511Oscilloscope
11Love$83,178--7--$11,883$83,1781China Lion Film
12Shame$81,455-4%44-8$1,851$3,735,07512Fox Searchlight
13W.E.$65,90710%203$3,295$219,8373Weinstein Company
14Hubble 3D$62,13743%190$3,270$31,065,735101Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Coriolanus$48,72256%132$3,748$331,4725Weinstein Company
16Under the Sea 3D$46,463164%11-1$4,224$30,579,553158Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Undefeated$42,247--5--$8,449$42,2471Weinstein Company
18Bullhead$42,070--7--$6,010$42,0701Drafthouse Films
19Carnage (2011)$40,664-1%35-1$1,162$2,427,52310Sony Pictures Classics
20Chico & Rita$38,56387%54$7,713$68,1302GKIDS
21The Sitter$35,514-38%43-56$826$30,476,84011Fox
22Young Adult$28,822116%8752$331$16,295,03311Paramount
23Pariah (2011)$25,3509%130$1,950$692,6158Focus
24On the Ice$20,340--4--$5,085$20,3401PMK*BNC
25The Devil Inside$16,783-52%34-61$494$53,183,2267Paramount
26New Year's Eve$15,242-76%33-122$462$54,540,52511Warner Bros. / New Line
27The Help$12,83423%130$987$169,672,06128Disney / DreamWorks
28Midnight in Paris$12,606-28%16-8$788$56,556,23140Sony Pictures Classics
29The Women on the 6th Floor$12,38511%62$2,064$605,03820Strand Releasing
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,992-53%12-2$749$4,794,504933D Entertainment
31In the Land of Blood and Honey$8,915-20%8-2$1,114$286,7849FilmDistrict
32Deep Sea 3D$7,836205%20$3,918$44,490,042312Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Le Havre$7,195--7--$1,028$577,11318Janus Films
34Death of the Virgin$6,860-20%2-1$3,430$18,8602Indican Pictures
35The Flowers of War$6,02883%3-3$2,009$219,8205Wrekin Hill Entertainment
36Immortals$5,725-69%29-4$197$83,503,16115Relativity Media
37An Inconsistent Truth$5,655-23%31$1,885$53,1094Rocky Mountain Pictures
38Declaration of War$5,627--7--$804$35,0814IFC Films
39The Turin Horse$4,694-49%21$2,347$19,0742Cinema Guild
40J. Edgar$4,478-67%11-31$407$37,304,95015Warner Bros.
41The Interrupters$4,209--2--$2,105$282,44830Cinema Guild
42Michael (2012)$4,178--1--$4,178$5,3581Strand Releasing
43The Way$3,932-47%5-2$786$4,422,69120Producers Distribution Agency
44The Innkeepers$3,702-49%7-6$529$75,1723Magnolia / Magnet
45Khodorkovsky$3,6274323%10$3,627$33,78112Kino Lorber
46Kung Fu Joe$3,4088%1-1$3,408$7,6942Indican Pictures
47The Viral Factor$3,214-61%40$804$212,5965China Lion Film
48Melancholia$3,127-66%5-3$625$3,023,55315Magnolia Pictures
49Young Goethe In Love$2,929-37%50$586$145,99516Music Box Films
50Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,762-34%20$1,381$63,2257Cinema Guild
51Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,724-44%2-1$1,362$863,38333International Film Circuit
52Vettai$2,518-23%1-1$2,518$202,5816UTV Communications
53How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,011--4--$503$12,7434First Run Features
54The Skin I Live In$1,87351%4-2$468$3,168,68219Sony Pictures Classics
55Putin's Kiss$1,858--1--$1,858$1,8581Kino Lorber
56Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,815--1--$1,815$48,71328Lorber Films
57Circus Columbia$1,648--1--$1,648$1,6481Strand Releasing
58Kill List$1,610-22%40$403$19,5483IFC Films
59Mozart's Sister$1,118--2--$559$706,62227Music Box Films
60Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,080468%21$540$287,28118Submarine Deluxe
61Sing Your Song$95644%1-1$956$32,0836S2BN Films
62The Whale$67724%10$677$69,94424Paladin
63Hell and Back Again$561--2--$281$38,09920Docurama Films
64Eames: The Architect and the Painter$518--1--$518$146,07914First Run Features
65Take Shelter$449-14%40$112$1,724,58821Sony Pictures Classics
66The Conquest$423-84%2-2$212$186,37215Music Box Films
67Man on a Mission$396--1--$396$8,5486First Run Features
68My Reincarnation$319-96%20$160$82,61817Long Shot Factory
69The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$262--1--$262$28,73924The Film Desk
70Crazy Wisdom$96-6%10$96$55,46513Alive Mind Cinema