'Furious 7' Continues to Lead on Thursday with $1.74M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Remains in Second with $0.99MApril 24, 2015 01:01 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $1.74 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office for a 21st consecutive day. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker increased 2 percent over Wednesday and was down a solid 40 percent from last Thursday. Furious 7 led the week with a weekly take of $36.92 million. That represented a 50 percent decline from the previous frame and places the film's three-week total at a massive $302.28 million.

Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in second place with $0.991 million. The modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy was up 4 percent over Wednesday. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $28.45 million. That was in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 5 percent behind the $30.05 million seven-day start of 2011's Zookeeper.

Unfriended was up one spot over Wednesday to move into third on Thursday with $0.645 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Universal and Blumhouse Productions was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance. Unfriended finished in third for the week with a seven-day start of $18.91 million. That was on the low end of expectations and was 21 percent below the $24.06 million seven-day take of last year's Ouija.

Fox's Home was up one spot and 7 percent over Wednesday to claim fourth with $0.590 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation took fourth place for the week with $13.18 million. That represented a 39 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to a stronger than expected $145.48 million.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride was up one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.545 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood placed in fifth for the week with $9.37 million. The Longest Ride was down 44 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed $26.03 million in two weeks.

Monkey Kingdom was down four spots and a very sharp 35 percent from Wednesday's Earth Day inflated performance to land in seventh with $0.483 million. The nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label took eighth place for the week with $6.71 million. That was on the low end of the film's modest expectations and was 11 percent softer than the $7.55 million seven-day start of last year's Bears.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Jan. 16 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 16 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Along Came Polly$8,877,805--2,984--$2,975$8,877,8051Universal
2Torque$3,368,103--2,463--$1,367$3,368,1031Warner Bros.
3Big Fish$2,819,072173%2,514108$1,121$30,373,6856Sony / Columbia
4The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$2,376,157129%3,003-529$791$318,974,3465New Line
5Cheaper by the Dozen$2,197,501274%3,025-213$726$105,398,0234Fox
6Cold Mountain$1,802,163166%2,802586$643$59,833,8484Miramax
7Something's Gotta Give$1,572,066148%2,502-374$628$96,531,6056Sony / Columbia
8My Baby's Daddy$958,601221%1,4481$662$9,702,6392Miramax
9Chasing Liberty$889,489193%2,4000$371$8,112,1332Warner Bros.
10The Last Samurai$816,09295%1,403-498$582$99,698,4317Warner Bros.