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, Oct. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$2,338,61514%2,771--$844$26,840,9041Sony / Columbia
2The Town$964,14418%2,93550$328$65,835,9823Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$963,59925%3,59732$268$37,515,9702Fox
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$615,2727%3,5750$172$31,268,6802Warner Bros.
5Easy A$483,79919%2,974118$163$43,067,3203Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$477,15133%2,5480$187$17,442,6112Disney
7Case 39$457,1294%2,211--$207$6,247,5681Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$449,5497%2,021--$222$6,015,6661Relativity / Overture
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$265,8165%1,907-735$139$57,134,2694Sony / Screen Gems
10Devil$250,9850%2,392-419$105$27,793,6053Universal
11Alpha and Omega$143,0223%2,303-322$62$19,231,3153Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$74,0098%625-282$118$288,547,70112Warner Bros.
2Takers$58,0651%773-640$75$56,277,1376Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$56,118-3%13679$413$1,735,2823Universal / Rogue
4Eat Pray Love$44,32839%398-457$111$79,786,2818Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$33,3487%566-481$59$117,761,7799Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$30,1100%463-147$65$246,151,97513Universal
7The American$25,46328%374-941$68$35,247,8485Focus
8The Expendables$25,18317%410-442$61$102,563,4438Lionsgate
9Machete$23,37521%314-368$74$26,247,8265Fox
10Dinner for Schmucks$18,01812%261-62$69$72,844,28610Paramount / DreamWorks
11Lottery Ticket$16,243-2%302-68$54$24,278,2577Warner Bros.
12Nanny McPhee Returns$14,225-1%481-284$30$28,549,6157Universal
13The Last Exorcism$11,63012%307-400$38$41,012,0696Lionsgate
14Vampires Suck$11,27516%261-154$43$36,386,3757Fox
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$8,96433%188-79$48$43,448,65310Warner Bros.
16Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$7,8109%120-113$65$31,509,2758Universal
17The Virginity Hit$7,4322%434-266$17$549,9334Sony / Columbia
18The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$5,9961%141-83$43$300,424,14114Summit
19Ramona and Beezus$4,5590%161-30$28$25,981,44811Fox
20Going the Distance (2010)$4,14213%121-354$34$17,674,2225Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$45,41740%3430$1,336$679,4592Paramount Vantage
2Hubble 3D$30,75519%58--$530$16,216,94529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$21,95220%4317$511$764,1733Fox Searchlight
4Buried$13,3119%3322$403$262,0122Lionsgate
5Jack Goes Boating$12,47628%7942$158$293,4553Relativity / Overture
6Piranha 3D$5,608-1%9529$59$24,911,0457Weinstein Company
7Winter's Bone$5,34810%78-4$69$6,132,52217Roadside Attractions
8The Kids Are All Right$4,814-21%64-43$75$20,742,71713Focus
9Under the Sea 3D$4,638-40%180$258$24,347,59286Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tillman Story$4,29115%270$159$641,3987Weinstein Company
11Avatar$4,18052%19-10$220$760,284,60242Fox
12The Concert$2,34213%213$112$616,78311Weinstein Company
13Flipped$1,5835%35-71$45$1,742,2339Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$99846%13-42$77$111,7094Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$41637%31$139$162,2519Anchor Bay