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 Thu, Jun. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$13,056,504-3%4,028--$3,241$167,551,6821Disney
2Knight and Day$3,477,879-9%3,043--$1,143$7,288,5280Fox
3The Karate Kid (2010)$3,152,5666%3,6630$861$120,241,3002Sony / Columbia
4The A-Team$1,381,6570%3,5449$390$56,842,9782Fox
5Shrek Forever After$901,43711%3,207-661$281$226,437,7245Paramount / DreamWorks
6Get Him to the Greek$773,175-2%2,379-323$325$51,475,7153Universal
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$660,15816%2,277-831$290$83,376,1954Disney
8Killers (2010)$581,6741%2,619-240$222$42,000,0733Lionsgate
9Jonah Hex$426,195-4%2,825--$151$7,543,6411Warner Bros.
10Sex and the City 2$410,0102%1,680-1070$244$91,853,2704Warner Bros. / New Line
11Iron Man 2$322,1057%1,612-693$200$305,507,2697Paramount
12Marmaduke$309,0131%1,748-1465$177$29,031,5553Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Robin Hood$127,22514%803-1092$158$102,652,8456Universal
2Letters to Juliet$125,4906%806-525$156$49,130,8816Summit
3Splice$79,3382%944-1506$84$15,988,7413Warner Bros
4How to Train Your Dragon$55,722-11%213-68$262$214,945,02913Paramount / DreamWorks
5Date Night$47,2065%298-132$158$97,079,03411Fox
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$37,4914%267--$140$162,533,22512Warner Bros.
7Solitary Man$35,390-13%10754$331$1,594,4845Anchor Bay
8Furry Vengeance$28,52110%235-33$121$17,162,9238Summit
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,8202%146-56$156$63,632,77614Fox
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$21,831-1%228103$96$62,822,1038Warner Bros. / New Line
11City Island$21,2392%133-26$160$6,024,94514Anchor Bay
12The Back-up Plan$17,30415%16654$104$37,118,6239CBS Films
13Raavan$15,622-28%120--$130$573,3141Reliance Big Pictures
14Kick-Ass$15,03710%157-21$96$48,008,57910Lionsgate
15Just Wright$13,35622%158-121$85$21,144,9086Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,2303%502$1,545$8,932,66314Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$35,559-4%3935$912$626,9522Roadside Attractions
3Babies$21,31318%97-49$220$7,153,2437Focus
4Cyrus$19,1420%4--$4,786$265,0321Fox Searchlight
5Under the Sea 3D$15,64544%150$1,043$22,553,95671Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Avatar$15,03911%14-12$1,074$749,491,00227Fox
7Princess Kaiulani$2,466-14%16-10$154$820,3716Roadside Attractions
8The Square (2010)$2,40929%12-5$201$361,89311Apparition
9The Losers$2,394--31-96$77$23,591,4329Warner Bros.
10The Secret of Kells$1,722-31%15-5$115$627,55716GKIDS
11The Joneses$1,4293%7-3$204$1,461,39210Roadside Attractions
12Racing Dreams$12291%2--$61$43,8435Hanover House