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 Tue, Jun. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$15,123,212-3%4,028--$3,755$141,036,4871Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$3,539,8343%3,6630$966$114,111,6162Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$1,851,0503%3,5449$522$54,080,2252Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$1,049,7603%2,592-110$405$49,917,4703Universal
5Shrek Forever After$892,10619%3,207-661$278$224,720,8765Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killers (2010)$801,9439%2,619-240$306$40,840,4013Lionsgate
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$697,8808%2,605-503$268$82,144,9954Disney
8Jonah Hex$645,0000%2,825--$228$6,673,0001Warner Bros.
9Sex and the City 2$478,00022%1,680-1070$285$91,041,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
10Marmaduke$392,93225%2,495-718$157$28,417,6233Fox
11Iron Man 2$331,915-3%1,612-693$206$304,885,1517Paramount
12Robin Hood$172,7007%1,046-849$165$102,414,3356Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Letters to Juliet$161,34920%806-525$200$48,887,5466Summit
2Splice$130,000-1%944-1506$138$15,831,0003Warner Bros
3Date Night$52,8875%345-85$153$96,986,67211Fox
4Solitary Man$51,45528%10754$481$1,518,3215Anchor Bay
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$39,0008%267-66$146$162,460,00012Warner Bros.
6How to Train Your Dragon$34,43224%213-68$162$214,826,55513Paramount / DreamWorks
7Raavan$29,94628%120--$250$536,0141Reliance Big Pictures
8Furry Vengeance$28,57349%235-33$122$17,108,5878Summit
9City Island$25,85337%133-26$194$5,982,38114Anchor Bay
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,0000%228103$101$62,779,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,90835%146-56$157$63,587,60214Fox
12The Back-up Plan$19,38519%16654$117$37,086,2709CBS Films
13Just Wright$16,734-8%158-121$106$21,120,5996Fox Searchlight
14Kick-Ass$15,50513%157-21$99$47,979,92910Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,00013%502$1,540$8,779,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$40,1521%3935$1,030$554,2982Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$22,036-4%4--$5,509$226,7371Fox Searchlight
4Babies$17,33513%97-49$179$7,113,9007Focus
5Under the Sea 3D$16,19360%150$1,080$22,527,41871Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Avatar$16,04841%17-9$944$749,462,37027Fox
7Princess Kaiulani$3,2063%16-10$200$815,0516Roadside Attractions
8The Losers$2,9000%31-96$94$23,587,0009Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$2,122-1%12-5$177$357,62111Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,67928%15-5$112$623,34916GKIDS
11The Joneses$824-8%7-1$118$1,458,58110Roadside Attractions
12Racing Dreams$7658%2--$38$43,6575Hanover House