Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Fourth Straight Race with $17.8M; 'Paul Blart 2' Holds Well with $14.8M; 'Age of Adaline' Takes Third with Solid $13.2M DebutApril 27, 2015 01:03 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $17.82 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 39 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.08 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with $14.78 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 38 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.22 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 2 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with $13.20 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline took in $4.96 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8.5 percent on Saturday to gross $5.39 million and declined 47 percent on Sunday to gross $2.86 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.66 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed $8.01 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 25 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.49 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with $6.16 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.08 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.35 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,263 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.83 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with $2.75 million. The modestly budgeted comedy drama from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,632 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.36 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $0.59 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.03 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, May. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$20,802,341--4,359--$4,772$20,802,3411Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$7,549,509149%4,177-213$1,807$232,214,3123Paramount
3Robin Hood$5,661,000138%3,5052$1,615$53,057,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$2,999,991172%2,9757$1,008$21,326,2322Summit
5MacGruber$1,569,000--2,551--$615$1,569,0001Universal / Rogue
6Just Wright$1,340,417184%1,8310$732$11,747,0572Fox Searchlight
7Date Night$923,472187%1,869-612$494$88,758,7867Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$770,000113%2,125-950$362$58,417,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$477,21034%1,751-869$273$209,566,9179Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$309,99450%1,079-1418$287$35,286,7715CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$119,7715%1,369-1326$87$15,720,5374Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kites$346,947--208--$1,668$346,9471Reliance Big Cinema
2Babies$199,79058%395-148$506$4,576,9193Focus
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$152,83845%561-501$272$41,078,2956Sony / Screen Gems
4Oceans$128,237-15%524-449$245$18,301,7245Disneynature
5Alice in Wonderland (2010)$127,345193%4118$310$331,836,85412Disney
6City Island$101,795176%234-19$435$3,869,97710Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$100,000-17%412-888$243$160,700,0008Warner Bros.
8Kick-Ass$80,06725%309-300$259$46,971,4056Lionsgate
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$73,261258%352-116$208$62,139,59410Fox
10The Last Song$71,84647%357-445$201$61,493,5748Disney
11Hot Tub Time Machine$68,00066%278-180$245$49,415,0009MGM
12Shutter Island$57,143113%256-54$223$127,380,34714Paramount
13The Bounty Hunter$48,814--170-123$287$65,158,97110Sony / Columbia
14Avatar$42,1980%167-112$253$748,675,35823Fox
15The Losers$38,000-28%185-516$205$22,993,0005Warner Bros.
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$23,634134%166-43$142$88,414,06315Fox
17Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$18,22826%133-148$137$59,758,1968Lionsgate
18The Tooth Fairy$14,003169%115-17$122$59,863,52718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$115,00019%480$2,396$6,203,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$43,83882%4714$933$321,1162Roadside Attractions
3Solitary Man$23,265--4--$5,816$23,2651Anchor Bay
4The Ghost Writer$19,13864%86-64$223$15,149,96214Summit
5Under the Sea 3D$19,000-17%180$1,056$22,082,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Our Family Wedding$13,459142%84-19$160$20,128,39211Fox Searchlight
7Greenberg$11,03252%47-30$235$4,193,90310Focus
8The Secret of Kells$4,98177%23-3$217$477,98512GKIDS
9The Runaways$4,1869%30-19$140$3,546,82710Apparition
10The Square (2010)$3,772124%12-2$314$252,4447Apparition
11Racing Dreams$3,606--33--$109$3,6061Hanover House
12The Joneses$3,097-15%27-29$115$1,418,3936Roadside Attractions
13Crazy Heart$2,591-2%28-22$93$39,449,22323Fox Searchlight