Grosses

'Furious 7' Holds First with Another $8.3M on Friday; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Earns Solid $7.3M; 'Unfriended' Opens Well at $6.8M; 'Monkey Kingdom' Nabs $1.55MApril 18, 2015 03:10 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Universal reports that Furious 7 once again held first place on Friday with an estimated $8.3 million, down 56 percent from last Friday. That brings the well-received blockbuster sequel's domestic total up to $273.65 million through 15 days of release, just 3 percent behind where The Hunger Games stood at the same point in its release during the same time of year in 2012. The studio projects a very strong $25.5 million third frame.

Opening in second place yesterday, Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 bowed to $7.3 million, giving Kevin James his best opening day as the leading man in five years. The sequel to 2009's surprise hit comedy was off 25 percent from its predecessor's first day take and is expected by the studio to land around $22 million for its opening weekend. Unfortunately, early reviews score a flat 0 percent out of 37 critic entries on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience score sits at just 58 percent. Given the target audience, however, the film is expected to play somewhat better with families than the Internet crowd, but don't expect long legs for this entry as with the first pic. Overall, with a $30 million production budget, this is certainly a successful opening.

Universal's Unfriended took in $6.8 million in its first day yesterday. By comparison, last year's Oculus took in $4.97 million on its first day. The horror-suspense aimed at teens and young adults had been the recipient of big social media buzz for the past few months (mainly Facebook), but that hype peaked a bit too soon and prevented a larger breakout. At 66 percent, critics are favoring the film slightly more than audiences (56 percent). That said, this debut still bests studio expectations and should be considered a success for the low-budget pic.  Universal is projecting a $16.2 million opening weekend.

Home claimed fourth place yesterday with another $2.425 million, off over 56 percent from last week. The DreamWorks hit animation has tallied $134.7 million to date and is projected to earn $10.4 million this weekend.

In fifth place, The Longest Ride dropped 56.5 percent from opening day last week to $2.4 million yesterday. With $19.1 million in the bank through eight days of release, the film is pacing nearly 32 percent ahead of fellow Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. Look for a $7.5 million sophomore frame.

Also opening this weekend, DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom pulled $1.55 million yesterday. While that's down from Bears' $2.3 million first day last year, this is the first DisneyNature release to receive a standard Friday opening while also lacking the aid of Good Friday-boosted grosses. That said, opening weekend should land around $4.7 million. Early reviews are enthusiastic with a 93 percent critics' score, and a modest 72 percent audience score.

Meanwhile, opening in semi-limited release this weekend was True Story, a dramatic feature starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. The pic earned $685,000 from 831 locations on opening day, making for an $824 per-screen average. For the weekend, the film could bring in around $1.9 million.

Also opening in limited release, Child 44 brought in $0.23 million from 510 locations yesterday, giving it a $443 per-theater average. BoxOffice projects a $0.7 million opening frame for the under-the-radar flick led by Tom Hardy.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jul. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$7,831,1211%3,715--$2,108$80,641,8331Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,479,2760%4,3750$1,481$286,495,8852Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,941,7279%2,926--$1,005$24,274,9301Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,827,46313%3,104-30$589$86,008,3283Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,715,3759%3,375-542$508$329,134,0614Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,538,97621%3,215-267$479$62,017,3313Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$931,54112%2,668-581$349$178,141,0935Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$867,38210%2,4050$361$19,248,7262Disney
9Bad Teacher$430,56016%2,034-625$212$95,168,2025Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$139,72517%1,035-1252$135$34,586,1554Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$207,44517%680-192$305$164,216,98011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$172,32113%591-411$292$63,825,7376Fox
3Super 8$113,3182%658-801$172$124,459,6987Paramount
4Monte Carlo$106,25623%360-809$295$21,965,4114Fox
5The Tree of Life$87,32118%230-5$380$11,199,7049Fox Searchlight
6Kung Fu Panda 2$74,14131%250-104$297$160,906,7989Paramount / DreamWorks
7Rio (2011)$72,22930%210-31$344$142,707,13815Fox
8Thor$66,24714%236-36$281$180,260,65812Paramount
9X-Men: First Class$62,44213%295-175$212$144,327,8468Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$61,87920%421-552$147$114,033,6546Warner Bros.
11Beginners$57,74332%157-13$368$4,708,8138Focus
12The Hangover Part II$45,3789%275-180$165$252,546,3199Warner Bros.
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$43,37977%190-24$228$14,727,8747Relativity Media
14Fast Five$27,84014%174-38$160$209,497,97513Universal
15A Better Life$24,2147%182-34$133$1,460,8355Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$92,75938%480$1,932$9,879,26216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$30,39921%6137$498$466,5692Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$27,537-6%270$1,020$27,076,89371Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sarah's Key$14,5428%5--$2,908$143,7001Weinstein Company
5Water for Elephants$12,25531%91-29$135$58,615,66014Fox
6Another Earth$8,043-18%4--$2,011$95,5351Fox Searchlight
7Project Nim$6,2146%19-3$327$183,2963Roadside Attractions
8A Little Help$6,19833%24--$258$55,7201Freestyle Releasing
9Insidious$6,0341%59-7$102$53,911,87917FilmDistrict
10Something Borrowed$5,40814%47-27$115$39,036,34312Warner Bros.
11Submarine$3,56633%184$198$433,1588Weinstein Company
12Delhi Belly$2,958-10%25-42$118$1,508,0024UTV Communications
13Everything Must Go$1,06146%9-3$118$2,688,55311Roadside Attractions
14The Conspirator$46949%100$47$11,530,45715Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$282-20%3-2$94$93,66610Image Entertainment
16The Music Never Stopped$33--40$8$255,80619Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$16-20%2--$8$231,11745Collective Eye