'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 Sun, Jan. 28 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 28 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Epic Movie$4,065,459-47%2,801--$1,451$18,613,0941Fox
2Smokin' Aces$4,025,011-27%2,218--$1,815$14,637,7991Universal
3Night at the Museum$2,713,542-41%3,241-242$837$216,847,1626Fox
4Stomp the Yard$1,897,655-48%2,11564$897$50,540,3933Sony / Screen Gems
5Dreamgirls$1,825,599-42%2,785571$656$86,779,6855Paramount / DreamWorks
6Catch and Release$1,710,814-47%1,622--$1,055$7,658,7051Sony / Columbia
7The Pursuit of Happyness$1,292,531-45%2,688-378$481$152,929,2727Sony / Columbia
8The Queen$1,158,798-36%1,830244$633$41,198,74318Miramax
9The Departed$980,618-39%1,4531326$675$125,244,97317Warner Bros.
10The Hitcher (2007)$917,859-44%2,8365$324$13,437,3652Rogue