Grosses

'Furious 7' Holds First with Another $8.3M on Friday; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Earns Solid $7.3M; 'Unfriended' Opens Well at $6.8M; 'Monkey Kingdom' Nabs $1.55MApril 18, 2015 03:10 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Universal reports that Furious 7 once again held first place on Friday with an estimated $8.3 million, down 56 percent from last Friday. That brings the well-received blockbuster sequel's domestic total up to $273.65 million through 15 days of release, just 3 percent behind where The Hunger Games stood at the same point in its release during the same time of year in 2012. The studio projects a very strong $25.5 million third frame.

Opening in second place yesterday, Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 bowed to $7.3 million, giving Kevin James his best opening day as the leading man in five years. The sequel to 2009's surprise hit comedy was off 25 percent from its predecessor's first day take and is expected by the studio to land around $22 million for its opening weekend. Unfortunately, early reviews score a flat 0 percent out of 37 critic entries on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience score sits at just 58 percent. Given the target audience, however, the film is expected to play somewhat better with families than the Internet crowd, but don't expect long legs for this entry as with the first pic. Overall, with a $30 million production budget, this is certainly a successful opening.

Universal's Unfriended took in $6.8 million in its first day yesterday. By comparison, last year's Oculus took in $4.97 million on its first day. The horror-suspense aimed at teens and young adults had been the recipient of big social media buzz for the past few months (mainly Facebook), but that hype peaked a bit too soon and prevented a larger breakout. At 66 percent, critics are favoring the film slightly more than audiences (56 percent). That said, this debut still bests studio expectations and should be considered a success for the low-budget pic.  Universal is projecting a $16.2 million opening weekend.

Home claimed fourth place yesterday with another $2.425 million, off over 56 percent from last week. The DreamWorks hit animation has tallied $134.7 million to date and is projected to earn $10.4 million this weekend.

In fifth place, The Longest Ride dropped 56.5 percent from opening day last week to $2.4 million yesterday. With $19.1 million in the bank through eight days of release, the film is pacing nearly 32 percent ahead of fellow Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. Look for a $7.5 million sophomore frame.

Also opening this weekend, DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom pulled $1.55 million yesterday. While that's down from Bears' $2.3 million first day last year, this is the first DisneyNature release to receive a standard Friday opening while also lacking the aid of Good Friday-boosted grosses. That said, opening weekend should land around $4.7 million. Early reviews are enthusiastic with a 93 percent critics' score, and a modest 72 percent audience score.

Meanwhile, opening in semi-limited release this weekend was True Story, a dramatic feature starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. The pic earned $685,000 from 831 locations on opening day, making for an $824 per-screen average. For the weekend, the film could bring in around $1.9 million.

Also opening in limited release, Child 44 brought in $0.23 million from 510 locations yesterday, giving it a $443 per-theater average. BoxOffice projects a $0.7 million opening frame for the under-the-radar flick led by Tom Hardy.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, May. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$45,776,170-11%4,380--$10,451$97,015,8471Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,747,00012%3,3320$1,125$46,448,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon$2,849,45085%4,380954$651$198,721,8487Paramount / DreamWorks
4Date Night$2,310,54945%2,734-359$845$79,459,8575Fox
5The Back-up Plan$1,944,09537%3,003-277$647$28,432,8363CBS Films
6Furry Vengeance$1,691,20794%3,0025$563$10,183,9092Summit
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$1,021,00048%2,157-580$473$157,212,0006Warner Bros.
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$891,56155%1,706-565$523$37,688,2794Sony / Screen Gems
9The Losers$752,00025%2,450-486$307$21,004,0003Warner Bros.
10Kick-Ass$614,58730%1,759-783$349$44,863,1074Lionsgate
11Oceans$547,54532%1,23222$444$15,489,2733Disneynature
12The Last Song$482,86740%1,303-973$371$59,995,2946Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$690,21879%534--$1,293$1,075,3881Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$282,42776%582-468$485$330,588,43610Disney
3City Island$279,78999%247-22$1,133$2,754,8538Anchor Bay
4Hot Tub Time Machine$221,00038%802-310$276$49,066,0007MGM
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$206,63693%625-541$331$61,366,1308Fox
6Avatar$182,25275%328-59$556$747,807,57121Fox
7Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$175,10986%404-323$433$59,223,5696Lionsgate
8The Bounty Hunter$167,57637%462-429$363$64,586,3178Sony / Columbia
9She's Out of My League$110,8483%26118$425$31,241,6549Paramount
10Shutter Island$109,891-3%189-61$581$126,828,65112Paramount
11The Ghost Writer$108,92796%231-105$472$14,806,18012Summit
12Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$57,99577%221-44$262$88,142,63813Fox
13The Tooth Fairy$51,48488%160-26$322$59,673,69616Fox
14Greenberg$39,37587%114-29$345$4,040,8138Focus
15Our Family Wedding$29,09954%11921$245$19,965,8299Fox Searchlight
16The Crazies$26,00018%149-48$174$39,000,00011Overture
17Letters to God$22,00047%112-87$196$2,723,0005Vivendi
18Brooklyn's Finest$13,00053%113-33$115$27,112,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$99,000-7%48-1$2,063$5,025,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Joneses$23,07860%68-55$339$1,329,8444Roadside Attractions
3Cop Out$17,00013%91-50$187$44,819,00011Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$17,000-6%14-2$1,214$21,867,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Crazy Heart$16,25354%75-43$217$39,386,81321Fox Searchlight
6The Runaways$14,45453%65-57$222$3,477,3688Apparition
7The Square (2010)$11,18476%17-7$658$210,5265Apparition
8The Book of Eli$10,00059%61-16$164$94,815,00017Warner Bros.
9Remember Me$9,64615%76-42$127$19,051,2369Summit
10The Secret of Kells$6,365145%22-14$289$421,92510GKIDS
11The Blind Side$4,40063%25-21$176$255,942,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$1,402116%40$351$276,76527Freestyle