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, Jun. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$16,681,001-22%3,816--$4,371$38,067,5241Warner Bros.
2Super 8$8,002,76933%3,40829$2,348$65,530,1202Paramount
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,516,1392%3,339--$1,952$12,885,5841Fox
4X-Men: First Class$4,453,52031%3,375-317$1,320$116,280,3603Fox
5The Hangover Part II$4,047,49425%3,460-215$1,170$230,331,7454Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$3,417,50134%3,469-460$985$140,602,8834Paramount / DreamWorks
7Bridesmaids$2,944,86024%2,573-349$1,145$134,676,6406Universal
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,465,15338%2,742-691$899$218,349,2485Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$822,5634%2,5240$326$10,538,6842Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$476,06546%11568$4,140$3,539,1174Fox Searchlight
2Thor$434,21839%875-907$496$175,712,4637Paramount
3Fast Five$339,05034%729-600$465$206,535,9658Universal
4The Art of Getting By$240,365-19%610--$394$536,4441Fox Searchlight
5Rio (2011)$201,76628%408-119$495$138,566,48610Fox
6Water for Elephants$127,48329%351-115$363$57,113,6399Fox
7Soul Surfer$91,36912%264-53$346$42,568,03711Sony / TriStar
8Jumping the Broom$88,36949%211-154$419$37,037,9337Sony / TriStar
9Something Borrowed$85,72313%212-154$404$38,036,4397Warner Bros.
10The Lincoln Lawyer$78,83336%220119$358$57,311,60814Lionsgate
11Rango$54,69833%188-32$291$122,698,86916Paramount
12Source Code$48,33929%161-87$300$54,353,69912Summit
13Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$36,16231%162-20$223$9,815,9488Weinstein Company
14Limitless$28,68528%117-49$245$79,054,98514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$154,85366%4425$3,519$802,4643Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$74,956-4%470$1,595$7,173,52411Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$43,19725%332$1,309$25,829,61266Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$35,54023%98-36$363$53,373,71112FilmDistrict
5Submarine$24,01944%2811$858$190,0333Weinstein Company
6Hanna$21,98529%91-56$242$40,103,17411Focus
7Win Win$19,12556%67-33$285$10,065,12714Fox Searchlight
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$18,64313%90-27$207$52,549,15913Fox
9Priest (2011)$18,34331%71-98$258$29,124,2076Sony / Screen Gems
10Jane Eyre (2011)$18,28120%68-22$269$11,088,56915Focus
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,78128%71-41$236$52,834,1269Lionsgate
12Everything Must Go$11,71443%55-32$213$2,589,6266Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$9,88673%44-22$225$11,451,77310Roadside Attractions
14The Last Mountain$6,9645%74$995$57,7603Dada Films
15Beautiful Boy$6,41632%84$802$44,5923Anchor Bay Films
16Scream 4$5,37724%39-41$138$38,155,96910Weinstein Company
17The Beaver$5,23636%23-23$228$932,1367Summit
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,89619%106$290$196,35340Collective Eye
1935 and Ticking$1,2339%10$1,233$71,7955Image Entertainment
20Kill the Irishman$777171%2-3$389$1,184,74415Anchor Bay Films
21The Music Never Stopped$1084%31$36$248,93014Roadside Attractions