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, Mar. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$1,255,65814%2,950--$426$15,893,3641Warner Bros. / New Line
2Unknown (2011)$1,046,07524%3,0430$344$44,866,5372Warner Bros.
3The King's Speech$872,00219%2,385299$366$115,834,48514Weinstein Company
4I Am Number Four$870,85315%3,1562$276$39,349,8052Disney / DreamWorks
5Just Go With It$853,17327%3,544-4$241$80,310,7253Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$693,63817%3,03723$228$75,622,5753Disney
7Drive Angry$519,27021%2,290--$227$6,136,1751Summit
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$505,72350%2,810-308$180$63,805,9413Paramount
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$385,77915%2,8210$137$29,369,4032Fox
10No Strings Attached$145,85221%1,366-600$107$69,025,9906Paramount
11The Eagle$141,2528%1,568-728$90$18,614,2093Focus
12The Roommate$120,9609%1,726-434$70$36,049,7204Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$152,2008%668-797$228$90,659,47110Paramount
2Black Swan$145,64912%617-39$236$103,852,21613Fox Searchlight
3Cedar Rapids$55,4417%13634$408$2,457,2923Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$51,81540%18124$286$3,872,6449Roadside Attractions
5The Green Hornet$46,4321%667-598$70$96,729,6317Sony / Columbia
6Sanctum$43,12029%392-985$110$23,146,4854Universal
7The Rite$40,0325%545-503$73$32,388,6875Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Mechanic$35,5114%404-548$88$28,747,4305CBS Films
9127 Hours$26,5921%220-20$121$17,968,34317Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$25,03849%185-57$135$3,922,4406Weinstein Company
11Blue Valentine (2010)$24,45025%167-68$146$9,268,0779Weinstein Company
12Yogi Bear$19,22218%366--$53$97,892,92811Warner Bros.
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$19,1167%303-18$63$294,362,85715Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$18,25415%248-16$74$103,811,15612Fox
15Little Fockers$17,02545%261-24$65$148,009,00010Universal
16The Dilemma$12,15011%243-50$50$48,453,4407Universal
17The Social Network$11,126-3%269156$41$96,940,47822Sony / Columbia
18Season of the Witch$10,58613%17139$62$24,668,0308Relativity Media
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$8,70914%204-31$43$42,455,96910Fox
20Winter's Bone$1,848-7%135115$14$6,506,50638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,48038%500$510$22,102,89350Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$7,17331%835$86$2,075,76211Lionsgate
3From Prada to Nada$4,549-3%81-47$56$2,914,7645Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Somewhere (2010)$4,17020%27-2$154$1,776,05810Focus
57 Khoon Maaf$3,43784%683$51$258,5792UTV Communications
6Unstoppable (2010)$2,75722%66-39$42$81,533,42916Fox
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$934-18%32$311$51,4133Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$820-5%156$55$1,954,84413Roadside Attractions
9Brotherhood (2010)$445119%21$223$18,6082Phase 4 Films
10Immigration Tango$116-47%2-28$58$24,1472Roadside Attractions