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 Mon, Jul. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,033,185-41%4,088--$4,411$180,651,3971Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,356,308-39%4,1150$1,302$122,560,3102Disney
3Larry Crowne$3,002,730-30%2,973--$1,010$16,098,7951Universal
4Bad Teacher$2,754,942-44%3,0490$904$62,707,5052Sony / Columbia
5Super 8$1,604,911-42%3,088-336$520$110,070,1564Paramount
6Green Lantern (2011)$1,371,564-39%3,280-536$418$103,616,4603Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,164,984-40%2,861-481$407$51,727,6623Fox
8Monte Carlo$1,134,374-41%2,473--$459$8,588,3181Fox
9Bridesmaids$708,390-45%1,389-642$510$153,728,8808Universal
10X-Men: First Class$666,710-36%1,602-1031$416$139,329,3555Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$438,564-41%1,473-771$298$234,176,9657Disney
12Kung Fu Panda 2$421,907-30%1,281-1246$329$157,281,3966Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Hangover Part II$407,657-51%1,568-1187$260$248,651,2726Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$802,415--858--$935$34,582,4547Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$238,816-42%22813$1,047$7,810,5926Fox Searchlight
3Beginners$142,359-39%10835$1,318$2,506,9365Focus
4Buck$120,453--131--$919$1,131,8313IFC Films
5Rio (2011)$95,573-30%308-36$310$140,575,08212Fox
6Thor$70,517-38%270-134$261$177,988,1009Paramount
7Fast Five$58,890-47%302-156$195$208,362,55010Universal
8Soul Surfer$38,711-18%205--$189$43,439,16213Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$35,244-35%234-58$151$58,061,51111Fox
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$29,358-34%221-670$133$13,966,3454Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$24,712-32%14094$177$53,035,90211Lionsgate
12The Lincoln Lawyer$20,591-30%138-51$149$57,806,71416Lionsgate
13Something Borrowed$19,612-36%191-112$103$38,696,8859Warner Bros.
14Rango$18,962-35%117-39$162$123,207,19418Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$119,881-42%89--$1,347$701,8241UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$57,447-32%470$1,222$8,257,30313Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Trip (2011)$37,147--40--$929$801,7824IFC Films
4Hubble 3D$32,769-19%330$993$26,330,26768Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$30,796--38--$810$269,4203Magnolia Pictures
6Cave of Forgotten Dreams$25,820--60--$430$4,659,51210IFC Films
7A Better Life$23,256-37%117$2,114$204,6822Summit
8Incendies$13,309--42--$317$6,544,70611Sony Pictures Classics
9Terri$13,154--6--$2,192$78,2571IDP/ATO Pictures
10Double Dhamaal$12,716-60%41--$310$490,5392Reliance Big Pictures
11The Names of Love$8,627--8--$1,078$79,9052Music Box Films
12The Double Hour$8,542--25--$342$1,308,10812IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
13Source Code$8,156-31%66-40$124$54,649,14314Summit
14Insidious$8,000-46%70-4$114$53,620,26314FilmDistrict
15Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$7,197--17--$423$190,6202Abramorama
16Trollhunter$7,135--21--$340$111,6144Magnolia / Magnet
17Queen to Play$6,856--10--$686$378,95714Zeitgeist Films
18Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$6,554-35%68-46$96$10,063,27010Weinstein Company
19Bride Flight$6,510--18--$362$238,1254Music Box Films
20Beginning of the Great Revival$6,499--23--$283$132,3782China Lion Film
21Submarine$5,566-46%20-6$278$347,5905Weinstein Company
22In a Better World$5,143--28--$184$905,54014Sony Pictures Classics
23African Cats$4,771--30--$159$15,383,68711Disneynature
24Limitless$4,545-41%55-30$83$79,235,46816Relativity Media
25Bill Cunningham New York$4,208--11--$383$1,373,73516Zeitgeist Films
26Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,774--2--$1,887$55,0322Abramorama
27Hanna$3,741-35%34-25$110$40,247,51213Focus
2813 Assassins$3,714--22--$169$746,12710Magnolia / Magnet
29Jane Eyre (2011)$2,913-40%26-25$112$11,213,16117Focus
30Summer (2011 re-issue)$2,903--1--$2,903$20,1874The Film Desk
31Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,616-27%31-27$84$52,673,97915Fox
32Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,430--16--$152$138,4112Hannover House
33The Conspirator$2,1698%15--$145$11,503,70212Roadside Attractions
34Love Etc.$2,059--2--$1,030$10,8401Paladin
35Win Win$2,021-56%18-14$112$10,145,70716Fox Searchlight
36The Perfect Host$1,883--2--$942$9,3881Magnolia Pictures
37Meek's Cutoff$1,434--15--$96$895,70513Oscilloscope
38The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,263--2--$632$19,4992Rialto Pictures
39Rejoice and Shout$1,155--6--$193$56,8945Magnolia Pictures
40The First Grader$1,112--7--$159$326,8038National Geographic
41I Am (2011)$1,104--7--$158$1,571,35520Paladin
42Winter in Wartime$970--4--$243$527,23116Sony Pictures Classics
43Crime After Crime$915--1--$915$4,1301mTuckman Media
44Everything Must Go$833-71%19-14$44$2,649,3458Roadside Attractions
45The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$814--2--$407$138,20414Lorber Films
46Leap Year (2011)$644--2--$322$7,6112Strand Releasing
47Aurora$613--1--$613$3,6161Cinema Guild
48Road to Nowhere$578--4--$145$25,5794Monterey Media
4935 and Ticking$571-25%21$286$79,4877Image Entertainment
50Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$525--1--$525$255,37326First Run Features
51The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$501-36%1--$501$19,1388Argot Pictures
52Viva Riva!$480--5--$96$39,3114Music Box Films
53Beautiful Boy$472-45%40$118$69,4555Anchor Bay Films
54Hobo with a Shotgun$446--10--$45$684,9509Magnolia / Magnet
55The Art of Getting By$418-18%7-300$60$1,426,2573Fox Searchlight
56If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$411--2--$206$22,5402Oscilloscope
57My Perestroika$332--4--$83$235,50915International Film Circuit
58Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$283--1--$283$28,6958First Run Features
59City of Life and Death$208--3--$69$81,9488Kino International
60Of Gods and Men$202--4--$51$3,959,02919Sony Pictures Classics
61Small Town Murder Songs$197--2--$99$21,3976Monterey Media
62The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$132--3--$44$624,67911Sony Pictures Classics
63The Music Never Stopped$124-36%53$25$250,99416Roadside Attractions
64How To Live Forever$99--1--$99$37,7448Variance Films
65Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$45--1--$45$11,9688Strand Releasing
66Korkoro$32--1--$32$8,17915Lorber Films