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 Wed, Nov. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$1,265,605-33%2,808--$451$29,373,0711Lionsgate
2Red (2010)$954,318-21%3,34976$285$61,936,1303Summit
3Jackass 3D$885,680-22%3,13928$282$104,762,4053Paramount
4Paranormal Activity 2$847,286-29%3,23923$262$69,033,1402Paramount
5Hereafter$572,323-22%2,424243$236$24,125,4703Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$476,081-32%3,1080$153$46,368,1104Disney
7The Social Network$438,963-19%2,767-154$159$80,944,6765Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$421,167-25%2,860-159$147$44,955,0244Warner Bros.
9The Town$228,273-13%1,608-310$142$88,333,5987Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$121,326-65%2,010-226$60$53,360,9106Warner Bros.
11Easy A$92,708-27%1,262-370$73$56,644,8457Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$187,123-21%565510$331$2,975,9893Fox Searchlight
2Waiting for 'Superman'$110,8062%33040$336$4,899,2806Paramount Vantage
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$81,933-6%933-322$88$51,459,4666Fox
4It's Kind of a Funny Story$59,127-5%477-83$124$5,966,4444Focus
5Inception$44,733-5%401-51$112$291,081,48316Warner Bros.
6Alpha and Omega$31,771-64%676-51$47$24,267,3237Lionsgate
7Stone$31,269-10%12512$250$1,280,4384Relativity / Overture
8Devil$28,290-32%635-7$45$33,213,6357Universal
9My Soul to Take$24,705-13%713-976$35$14,719,1254Universal / Rogue
10Despicable Me$23,285-27%33511$70$247,958,99017Universal
11N-Secure$21,910-16%367-78$60$2,475,2313Freestyle
12Case 39$18,775-4%406-315$46$13,093,9565Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$17,640-4%378-135$47$11,949,8265Relativity / Overture
14Nowhere Boy$16,638-6%153-62$109$1,036,7264Weinstein Company
15Never Let Me Go$15,0661%126-52$120$2,225,0017Fox Searchlight
16Catfish$13,635-5%137-2$100$3,087,6887Universal / Rogue
17Buried$7,233-21%10719$68$993,8376Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,392-4%611$629$17,508,22933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$4,97215%8-1$622$760,431,76546Fox
3Under the Sea 3D$4,455-54%160$278$24,664,11090Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Machete$3,28112%566$59$26,561,3299Fox
5The Tillman Story$2,91312%240$121$748,89811Weinstein Company
6The American$2,426-8%42-34$58$35,603,0379Focus
7Wild Target$2,405-9%4--$601$30,8281Freestyle
8Lottery Ticket$2,223-38%70-22$32$24,717,60111Warner Bros.
9Jack Goes Boating$1,85147%350$53$476,9437Relativity / Overture
10I Want Your Money$1,785-5%59-113$30$431,5163Freestyle
11Vampires Suck$965-6%49-5$20$36,648,46411Fox
12Winter's Bone$8450%11-7$77$6,213,01921Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$803-25%19--$42$24,992,95511Weinstein Company
14The Concert$540286%61$90$652,49415Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$205-7%3-5$68$90,3074Anchor Bay