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, Dec. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$5,146,398260%3,6030$1,428$80,108,3192Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,801,767154%4,1250$1,164$232,302,4083Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$1,994,591142%3,0370$657$22,851,1862Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$1,977,370171%2,4583$804$18,899,4472Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$1,883,340244%3,152-31$598$64,676,0104Fox
6Due Date$1,356,136203%2,450-105$554$88,104,9885Warner Bros.
7Faster (2010)$1,219,137152%2,47016$494$15,502,2672CBS Films
8Megamind$1,176,585253%3,173-238$371$132,850,8955Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Warrior's Way$1,119,875--1,622--$690$1,119,8751Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$809,306167%2,236-328$362$16,540,3153Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$553,482139%2,263-178$245$27,883,2054Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$501,848252%433140$1,159$5,494,4725Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$276,960228%43640$635$6,613,0445Summit
3Red (2010)$231,344199%779-135$297$86,651,3168Summit
4For Colored Girls$128,965135%485-120$266$36,936,5855Lionsgate
5Skyline$124,33075%578-611$215$20,643,3704Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$112,984219%260-31$435$90,678,65110Sony / Columbia
7The Town$61,338149%3180$193$91,593,94212Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$54,585242%28014$195$249,841,65022Universal
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$54,4491307%322192$169$54,651,35211Warner Bros.
10Easy A$45,248--229-22$198$58,035,12012Sony / Screen Gems
11Jackass 3D$35,623146%180-3$198$116,658,0718Paramount
12Life As We Know It$35,470223%208-41$171$52,054,9129Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$32,553163%200-79$163$84,189,0127Paramount
14Inception$21,154107%117-27$181$292,337,62821Warner Bros.
15Conviction$19,474258%10721$182$6,615,6068Fox Searchlight
16Hereafter$14,08097%114-88$124$32,402,1978Warner Bros.
17The Nutcracker in 3D$11,328271%11570$99$110,0722Freestyle Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$415,822--18--$23,101$415,8221Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$85,406158%62$14,234$568,8642Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$39,13334%570$687$18,873,52438Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$30,623--6--$5,104$30,6231Roadside Attractions
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$16,214--15--$1,081$115,1675Warner Bros.
6Guzaarish$15,335134%58-38$264$946,5973UTV
7Waiting for 'Superman'$13,984168%8516$165$6,294,91911Paramount Vantage
8Under the Sea 3D$7,76932%130$598$24,971,67695Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$6,43373%59-31$109$52,422,39311Fox
10Nowhere Boy$4,424125%23-17$192$1,434,0869Weinstein Company
11Stone$4,068125%22-1$185$1,752,8419Relativity / Overture
12Wild Target$3,446374%137$265$83,3046Freestyle
13Winter's Bone$1,7672256%20$884$6,228,54026Roadside Attractions
14The Tillman Story$1,180200%141$84$795,50016Weinstein Company
15Let Me In$1,128101%0-31--$12,132,81310Relativity / Overture
16Jack Goes Boating$522-29%90$58$531,99012Relativity / Overture
17Cool It$341361%1514$23$58,7494Roadside Attractions