Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Fourth Straight Race with $17.8M; 'Paul Blart 2' Holds Well with $14.8M; 'Age of Adaline' Takes Third with Solid $13.2M DebutApril 27, 2015 01:03 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $17.82 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 39 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.08 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with $14.78 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 38 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.22 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 2 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with $13.20 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline took in $4.96 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8.5 percent on Saturday to gross $5.39 million and declined 47 percent on Sunday to gross $2.86 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.66 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed $8.01 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 25 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.49 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with $6.16 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.08 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.35 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,263 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.83 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with $2.75 million. The modestly budgeted comedy drama from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,632 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.36 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $0.59 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.03 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Mar. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$2,110,186-82%3,917--$539$40,189,5091Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$1,490,225-72%2,840--$525$22,647,9551Universal
3Hall Pass$766,442-68%2,9500$260$27,613,2502Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$530,173-76%1,952--$272$10,381,2751CBS Films
5Unknown (2011)$483,369-71%2,913-130$166$53,512,8653Warner Bros.
6The King's Speech$454,968-74%2,240-145$203$124,001,07215Weinstein Company
7I Am Number Four$424,814-72%2,903-253$146$46,913,4203Disney / DreamWorks
8Just Go With It$421,249-73%2,920-624$144$88,552,5654Sony / Columbia
9Gnomeo and Juliet$389,976-83%2,984-53$131$84,412,3014Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$318,529-64%2,003--$159$3,783,2081Relativity Media
11Drive Angry$228,025-65%2,2900$100$9,331,9762Summit
12Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$205,521-82%2,254-556$91$69,034,0604Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$168,329-80%1,642-1179$103$33,419,1643Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$85,597-70%68164$126$105,204,48314Fox Searchlight
2The Fighter$77,398-75%575-93$135$92,114,94413Paramount
3Cedar Rapids$70,017-71%23599$298$3,461,0524Fox Searchlight
4True Grit (2010)$68,592-73%725-497$95$168,749,68011Paramount
5The Roommate$39,240-67%606-1120$65$36,885,0125Sony / Screen Gems
6No Strings Attached$35,152-62%425-941$83$69,694,9467Paramount
7The Eagle$23,252-69%327-1241$71$19,166,6744Focus
8Biutiful$21,462-74%145-36$148$4,254,28010Roadside Attractions
9The Green Hornet$16,111-71%269-398$60$97,053,7028Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$13,343-73%208-95$64$294,575,50516Warner Bros.
11The Rite$12,502-71%201-344$62$32,635,0216Warner Bros. / New Line
12Little Fockers$12,155-75%221-40$55$148,231,69011Universal
13Yogi Bear$11,813-81%266-100$44$98,165,49412Warner Bros.
14127 Hours$11,159-66%135-85$83$18,148,05818Fox Searchlight
15The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$10,741-75%185-63$58$104,005,69513Fox
16The Company Men$8,747-70%112-73$78$4,066,1867Weinstein Company
17The Mechanic$6,452-68%109-295$59$28,886,9866CBS Films
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,395-79%156-48$41$42,579,03411Fox
19Season of the Witch$5,804-65%109-62$53$24,750,2209Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,484-44%49-1$520$22,307,55751Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$8,818-69%96-71$92$9,417,47010Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$2,923-68%55-28$53$2,122,89612Lionsgate
4happythankyoumoreplease$2,018-85%2--$1,009$37,0811Anchor Bay Films
5I Love You Phillip Morris$1,457-15%13-2$112$1,965,33414Roadside Attractions
6From Prada to Nada$1,359-79%35-46$39$2,940,4876Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,218-42%41$305$61,0954Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$748-74%13-122$58$6,520,89339Roadside Attractions
97 Khoon Maaf$308-77%15-53$21$268,9703UTV Communications
10Brotherhood (2010)$41-71%1-1$41$19,5663Phase 4 Films