Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.1M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $24.0M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $16.0MApril 19, 2015 08:47 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in an estimated $29.06 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 51 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was respectable, especially when taking into account the size of the film's grosses thus far and the added presence of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended in the marketplace. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $294.41 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.59 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. Furious 7 is currently running a very impressive 45 percent ahead of the $202.81 million 17-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and a slim 3 percent behind the $302.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 debuted in a not-so-distant second place with an estimated $24.0 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel debuted in line with expectations. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 25 percent below the $31.83 million debut of 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but the sequel had been widely expected to open below its predecessor due in part to the six-year gap in between films. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 20 percent ahead of the $20.07 million start of 2011's Zookeeper. The solid opening weekend performance is good news for James, who will appear in Sony's upcoming Pixels this July.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened with $7.35 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 39 percent on Saturday to gross $10.2 million and is estimated to decline 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.45 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio stands at 3.27 to 1, which is evidence of the film's appeal with family audiences. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did receive a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. While the film is highly unlikely to match the strong holding power of its predecessor, it will still have a solid chance of holding up well in the weeks ahead due in part to facing a limited amount of competition for family audiences (outside of Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Universal's Unfriended debuted in third with an estimated $16.02 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. While Unfriended was unable to break out to the degree its high level of online activity had suggested; the film still performed well this weekend with its small price tag in mind. The potential for Unfriended may have also been limited a bit by its R rating. Unfriended opened 19 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.8 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $6.0 million and is estimated to decline 46 percent on Sunday to take in $3.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.36 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with an estimated $10.3 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 44 percent from last weekend, as the film took a bit of a hit from the new competition from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. While it has been relatively front-loaded for a computer animated film, Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 24-day take of $142.61 million. That places the film essentially on par with the $142.44 million 24-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $6.85 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 47 percent from last weekend's debut. While that represented a sizable second weekend decline, it also represented a respectable second weekend hold given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.51 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 34 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in seventh place with an estimated $4.72 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label debuted on the low end of its modest expectations. Despite receiving the widest launch ever for a Disneynature film (2,012 locations); Monkey Kingdom delivered the softest opening weekend performance to date for Disneynature. Monkey Kingdom opened just below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 8 percent on Saturday to take in $1.67 million and is estimated to decline 10.5 percent on Sunday to gross $1.49 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.04 to 1. Monkey Kingdom will likely hold up well during the week, thanks in part to a promising A- CinemaScore, the past midweek strength of Disneynature films and from Earth Day falling on Wednesday.

On the platform front, A24's Ex Machina continued to perform well with an estimated $814,293 from 39 locations. That gave the critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film a per-location average of $20,879 for the frame. Ex Machina has grossed $1.14 million through ten days of platform release and is scheduled to receive a major expansion on Friday.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Apr. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$9,654,72075%3,61637$2,670$61,643,5052Universal
2Hanna$5,032,56421%2,535--$1,985$9,195,6041Focus
3Arthur (2011)$5,011,04811%3,276--$1,530$9,509,4841Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$4,366,32620%2,214--$1,972$8,008,9651Sony / TriStar
5Insidious$4,095,26825%2,41911$1,693$24,725,7902FilmDistrict
6Source Code$3,923,86042%2,97110$1,321$26,257,2752Summit
7Your Highness$3,405,870-10%2,769--$1,230$7,171,9951Universal
8Limitless$2,460,00642%2,655-183$927$62,880,5814Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,181,02063%2,881-288$757$44,097,1403Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$2,029,40060%2,420-287$839$45,151,9624Lionsgate
11Rango$1,043,27771%2,007-1127$520$116,882,6736Paramount
12Sucker Punch$919,08344%1,755-1278$524$33,428,9893Warner Bros.
13Paul$775,20548%1,667-883$465$34,636,4904Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$688,65853%1,408-855$489$80,838,8425Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Win Win$574,17186%22677$2,541$3,168,2954Fox Searchlight
2Jane Eyre (2011)$517,07657%24767$2,093$4,833,2055Focus
3The Adjustment Bureau$418,90555%783-742$535$59,920,7406Universal
4Born to Be Wild 3D$341,83133%206--$1,659$598,5301Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The King's Speech$239,49653%675-332$355$137,431,29820Weinstein Company
6Red Riding Hood$236,81339%777-1011$305$36,574,5525Warner Bros.
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$233,19836%226--$1,032$404,2091Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Just Go With It$126,93648%320-277$397$101,864,9139Sony / Columbia
9Beastly$124,78942%339-482$368$27,269,5876CBS Films
10Unknown (2011)$123,25141%36540$338$63,032,2078Warner Bros.
11Hall Pass$123,09645%366-337$336$44,242,9787Warner Bros. / New Line
12True Grit (2010)$97,67347%263-61$371$170,715,41016Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$73,30387%184-66$398$37,459,0078Fox
14The Green Hornet$47,77252%161-50$297$98,671,99513Sony / Columbia
15Cedar Rapids$44,79449%118-92$380$6,638,1919Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$25,49459%126104$202$10,638,0407Summit
17Black Swan$22,34135%103-59$217$106,870,14519Fox Searchlight
18Take Me Home Tonight$14,96332%10250$147$6,887,4696Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thank You$107,91053%92--$1,173$178,3131UTV Communications
2Kill the Irishman$43,05590%52-4$828$820,3915Anchor Bay Films
3Hubble 3D$32,796-4%31-13$1,058$23,613,18556Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Miral$25,22680%2914$870$231,3113Weinstein Company
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$15,16152%69-44$220$72,732,6319Paramount
6Biutiful$14,48821%38-20$381$4,684,74115Roadside Attractions
7The Company Men$8,81617%32-13$276$4,351,61112Weinstein Company
8The Last Godfather$8,42656%20-38$421$149,9912Roadside Attractions
9The Music Never Stopped$3,877101%14-14$277$216,8824Roadside Attractions
10Blue Valentine (2010)$3,64955%19-20$192$9,687,79715Weinstein Company
11happythankyoumoreplease$3,37680%9-3$375$204,5206Anchor Bay Films
12I Love You Phillip Morris$2,426143%7-5$347$2,034,31919Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$2,177-38%2--$1,089$5,7141Anchor Bay Films
14Winter's Bone$124182%2-1$62$6,531,18944Roadside Attractions