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, Sep. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$4,841,73726%2,823--$1,715$11,829,6481Focus
2Takers$4,204,06837%2,2060$1,906$33,720,5882Sony / Screen Gems
3Machete$3,805,293-2%2,670--$1,425$7,671,6501Fox
4The Last Exorcism$2,767,93323%2,8740$963$29,786,0752Lionsgate
5The Expendables$2,455,92349%3,3980$723$89,674,7034Lionsgate
6Going the Distance (2010)$2,388,0657%3,030--$788$4,617,4471Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Other Guys$1,950,06943%2,607-574$748$104,778,6455Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,758,32732%2,663-445$660$67,197,7864Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,697,28247%1,704-366$996$275,428,3238Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,394,62058%2,708-90$515$21,140,6803Universal
11Vampires Suck$1,290,05857%2,434-799$530$31,408,8413Fox
12Despicable Me$1,160,03073%1,600-233$725$239,282,8659Universal
13The Switch (2010)$1,151,10735%1,885-132$611$20,377,8923Miramax
14Lottery Ticket$905,55576%1,310-663$691$19,778,6183Warner Bros.
15Piranha 3D$895,20346%1,789-702$500$21,602,9133Weinstein Company
16Toy Story 3$764,22882%1,520920$503$407,339,29512Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$842,53249%812--$1,038$756,692,29738Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$577,00538%807-759$715$28,278,5554Universal
3Salt$474,95049%705-463$674$114,753,7167Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$380,44145%804-697$473$70,534,1046Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$304,17761%434-467$701$40,782,4555Disney
6Grown Ups$227,47163%383120$594$159,811,67711Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$180,60069%455-368$397$41,853,9116Warner Bros.
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$163,47744%396-80$413$298,530,25510Summit
9The Kids Are All Right$158,28756%239-103$662$19,656,8129Focus
10The Last Airbender$128,25371%257-49$499$130,940,14710Paramount
11Hubble 3D$111,456106%123-28$906$14,880,78525Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$106,51669%305-49$349$25,109,0887Fox
13The Karate Kid (2010)$101,20989%227-28$446$176,146,73813Sony / Columbia
14Shrek Forever After$78,479105%179-28$438$238,240,39216Paramount / DreamWorks
15Charlie St. Cloud$60,52557%220-113$275$30,910,8006Universal
16Knight and Day$53,26348%142-87$375$76,156,73811Fox
17Predators$35,70374%111-76$322$51,731,2859Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$110,97754%78--$1,423$183,1271UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$52,16353%2419$2,173$210,4193Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$45,97951%90-27$511$5,567,90613Roadside Attractions
4Under the Sea 3D$26,54488%160$1,659$24,067,32782Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Flipped$19,38552%282$692$732,2635Warner Bros.
6The Concert$18,25785%200$913$422,3827Weinstein Company
7The A-Team$16,52966%54-38$306$77,146,93113Fox
8Peepli Live$12,05295%26-19$464$736,6584UTV Communications
9Marmaduke$11,25782%45-21$250$33,600,71614Fox
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$10,58181%18-3$588$475,7437NeoClassics
11Cyrus$5,58626%26-6$215$7,373,61712Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,99170%245$166$4,333,47916Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,19243%6-1$532$140,9505Anchor Bay
14La Soga$2,95050%5-7$590$155,60347-57 Releasing
15White Wedding (2009)$1,716-28%4--$429$4,1001Dada Films
16Princess Kaiulani$833-5%32$278$874,61817Roadside Attractions