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 Fri, Aug. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$4,932,86181%3,2700$1,509$53,321,9462Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$4,450,18290%3,233--$1,376$10,814,0841Fox
3Lottery Ticket$3,860,890--1,973--$1,957$3,860,8901Warner Bros.
4Eat Pray Love$3,745,78140%3,0820$1,215$38,848,6972Sony / Columbia
5Piranha 3D$3,600,707--2,470--$1,458$3,600,7071Weinstein Company
6The Other Guys$3,027,10277%3,472-179$872$81,117,2473Sony / Columbia
7The Switch (2010)$2,701,800--2,012--$1,343$2,701,8001Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$2,672,640--2,784--$960$2,672,6401Universal
9Inception$2,176,57470%2,401-719$907$256,369,9896Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,649,40558%2,8202$585$17,345,6902Universal
11Despicable Me$1,218,62038%2,236-687$545$227,613,5457Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$1,088,51145%2,149-897$507$63,368,6254Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$961,11325%1,592-847$604$34,679,6633Disney
14Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$415,991-25%1,580-1148$263$38,375,4684Warner Bros.
15Salt$100,677-85%1,794-1040$56$107,485,7705Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$368,72511%730-489$505$402,649,24310Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$206,93324%404-426$512$17,628,4457Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$175,179-8%557-655$315$296,825,1138Summit
4Charlie St. Cloud$161,750-23%647-1436$250$30,032,3454Universal
5Grown Ups$132,92537%424-544$314$158,657,1219Sony / Columbia
6Ramona and Beezus$111,81111%388-244$288$23,997,5815Fox
7The Karate Kid (2010)$104,686--314-58$333$175,241,00711Sony / Columbia
8Knight and Day$86,409172%277-33$312$75,505,5669Fox
9Hubble 3D$84,81020%15197$562$13,765,98223Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Shrek Forever After$74,08748%232-22$319$237,533,33314Paramount / DreamWorks
11Predators$71,564131%234-109$306$51,268,8077Fox
12Winter's Bone$53,82489%130-6$414$5,022,54911Roadside Attractions
13The Last Airbender$51,60416%223-141$231$129,948,6518Paramount
14The A-Team$32,87369%151-53$218$76,905,26811Fox
15Marmaduke$20,07312%122-29$165$33,432,46212Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$43,825144%706$626$481,5382UTV Communications
2Under the Sea 3D$19,719-17%160$1,232$23,790,51280Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$14,9860%29-15$517$535,8543Warner Bros.
4Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$14,580--27--$540$348,7345NeoClassics
5The Tillman Story$13,832--4--$3,458$13,8321Weinstein Company
6The Concert$10,5306%201$527$245,8025Weinstein Company
7La Soga$10,013100%209$501$84,65127-57 Releasing
8Cyrus$9,50727%56-28$170$7,293,82710Fox Searchlight
9Letters to Juliet$5,760-7%35-26$165$53,010,11215Summit
10Solitary Man$4,99840%19-9$263$4,275,61314Anchor Bay
11Middle Men$4,331-66%16-236$271$712,9773Paramount
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,00511%8-4$501$98,8743Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$3,11622%50$623$34,2052Disney
14City Island$4106%4-4$103$6,667,77623Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$410-26%1-2$410$869,08515Roadside Attractions