Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.16M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $23.76M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $15.85MApril 20, 2015 12:38 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $29.16 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 $294.51 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.49 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 $23.76 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 18 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 $7.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 38 percent on Saturday to gross $10.09 million and is declined 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.38 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio was 3.26 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 $15.85 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 20 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $5.99 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to take in $3.03 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.32 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with $10.61 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 43 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 $142.92 million. That places the film just ahead of 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 $7.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 46 percent from last weekend's debut. That represented a respectable second weekend hold, especially given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.68 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 35 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in eighth place with $4.58 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label opened 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 4 percent below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to take in $1.66 million and declined 18 percent on Sunday to gross $1.36 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.95 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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Jun. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$23,374,213-9%4,115--$5,680$49,091,9981Disney
2Bad Teacher$11,013,530-10%3,049--$3,612$23,257,5171Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$7,052,44918%3,8160$1,848$84,007,9562Warner Bros.
4Super 8$4,819,20425%3,42416$1,407$91,752,6543Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,780,8732%3,3423$1,131$36,635,8242Fox
6X-Men: First Class$2,650,75326%2,633-742$1,007$130,976,1204Fox
7The Hangover Part II$2,317,73228%2,755-705$841$242,211,9895Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$2,152,86027%2,031-542$1,060$145,135,7707Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,021,26124%2,244-498$901$228,014,6686Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$1,598,43816%2,527-942$633$151,864,4805Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$551,93840%215100$2,567$5,462,1545Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$231,4189%891-1633$260$13,273,7193Relativity Media
3Thor$208,80235%404-471$517$177,075,3848Paramount
4Fast Five$203,78027%458-271$445$207,607,9409Universal
5Rio (2011)$203,73515%344-64$592$139,482,56811Fox
6Water for Elephants$105,14029%292-59$360$57,620,27410Fox
7Something Borrowed$92,85723%30391$306$38,380,7338Warner Bros.
8Soul Surfer$75,727-2%240-24$316$43,006,86212Sony / TriStar
9The Lincoln Lawyer$57,06040%189-31$302$57,586,47515Lionsgate
10The Art of Getting By$48,608-2%307-303$158$1,315,0722Fox Searchlight
11Jumping the Broom$46,10650%117-94$394$37,272,3868Sony / TriStar
12Rango$43,89315%156-32$281$122,975,79117Paramount
13Source Code$27,33221%106-55$258$54,513,28013Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$21,10421%114-48$185$9,964,6919Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$207,57660%7228$2,883$1,416,4544Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,037-4%470$1,724$7,671,67512Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$46,05433%330$1,396$26,041,48067Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$29,32128%74-24$396$53,506,11113FilmDistrict
5A Better Life$22,08216%4--$5,521$41,0581Summit
6Limitless$18,20320%85-32$214$79,161,18415Relativity Media
7Submarine$17,19739%26-2$661$276,4164Weinstein Company
8Hanna$16,17231%59-32$274$40,189,62112Focus
9Jane Eyre (2011)$12,64612%51-17$248$11,164,74216Focus
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,1845%58-32$176$52,630,91914Fox
11Win Win$9,82051%32-35$307$10,117,22315Fox Searchlight
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,74139%46-25$190$52,884,68810Lionsgate
13Everything Must Go$6,44724%33-22$195$2,626,4317Roadside Attractions
14The Beaver$6,35415%6643$96$953,0848Summit
15The Conspirator$5,38562%25-19$215$11,482,77711Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$4,149-33%6-1$692$80,4494Dada Films
17Beautiful Boy$2,60978%4-4$652$62,3974Anchor Bay Films
18Scream 4$2,41118%18-21$134$38,174,94111Weinstein Company
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,23911%6-4$207$210,37941Collective Eye
20Kill the Irishman$924170%20$462$1,187,24716Anchor Bay Films
2135 and Ticking$88269%10$882$75,1136Image Entertainment
22The Music Never Stopped$27682%2-1$138$249,83215Roadside Attractions