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 Mon, Nov. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,339,162-75%4,1250$567$221,395,2912Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,771,169-83%3,603--$492$70,477,4671Disney
3Burlesque$876,247-68%3,037--$289$18,176,4601Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$701,263-66%2,455--$286$14,602,7951Fox
5Faster (2010)$601,401-67%2,454--$245$12,604,2411CBS Films
6Unstoppable (2010)$588,603-71%3,183-26$185$61,031,2243Fox
7Due Date$477,450-66%2,555-674$187$85,338,4584Warner Bros.
8Megamind$412,876-83%3,411-368$121$130,631,8104Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Next Three Days$323,870-65%2,5640$126$14,715,9422Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$229,676-69%2,441-103$94$26,570,2473Paramount
11Skyline$83,230-64%1,189-1694$70$20,299,0203Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$133,312-64%293185$455$4,553,4804Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$91,995-71%39610$232$6,050,7924Summit
3Red (2010)$74,854-68%914-1120$82$86,192,2667Summit
4For Colored Girls$72,141-69%605-611$119$36,636,5054Lionsgate
5Secretariat$37,129-69%501-509$74$57,584,3928Disney
6The Social Network$35,258-73%291-280$121$90,459,2449Sony / Columbia
7The Town$24,169-62%318153$76$91,453,79411Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$15,995-79%266-2$60$249,740,64521Universal
9Jackass 3D$14,156-54%183-504$77$116,577,9567Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$13,128-66%279-822$47$84,118,7896Paramount
11Saw 3D$9,152-61%145-661$63$45,680,0075Lionsgate
12Life As We Know It$8,858-66%249-309$36$51,988,8778Warner Bros.
13Inception$8,088-62%144-54$56$292,285,84320Warner Bros.
14Alpha and Omega$7,112-82%228-24$31$25,085,08911Lionsgate
15Hereafter$5,662-68%202-201$28$32,367,0197Warner Bros.
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,926-71%130-8$38$54,584,41910Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$34,416-67%4--$8,604$389,8661Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$23,850-37%570$418$18,746,20937Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Waiting for 'Superman'$11,387-20%69-49$165$6,264,18110Paramount Vantage
4Guzaarish$10,385-79%96-12$108$901,0632UTV
5Conviction$7,601-47%86-104$88$6,578,6287Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$4,431-57%130$341$24,943,24294Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,138-62%90-95$35$52,404,30810Fox
8The Nutcracker in 3D$3,061-81%45--$68$90,6001Freestyle Releasing
9Stone$1,402-66%23-32$61$1,743,4678Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$1,121-69%40-20$28$1,423,3988Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$1,038-35%6-1$173$77,4555Freestyle
12Catfish$675-44%9-4$75$3,235,04811Universal / Rogue
13Let Me In$486-62%31-54$16$12,129,9719Relativity / Overture
14Jack Goes Boating$462-67%9-9$51$529,30711Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$191-77%132$15$793,11615Weinstein Company
16Winter's Bone$111-40%2--$56$6,226,47625Roadside Attractions
17Cool It$74-73%1--$74$58,0243Roadside Attractions