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 starring Kevin James 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 general 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 Wed, Jul. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$5,801,265-26%3,715--$1,562$86,443,0981Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$5,166,469-20%4,3750$1,181$291,662,3542Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,365,224-20%2,926--$808$26,640,1541Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,554,207-15%3,104-30$501$87,562,5353Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,400,115-18%3,375-542$415$330,534,1764Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,269,377-18%3,215-267$395$63,286,7083Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$814,348-13%2,668-581$305$178,955,4415Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$715,521-18%2,4050$298$19,964,2472Disney
9Bad Teacher$354,693-18%2,034-625$174$95,522,8955Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$129,375-7%1,035-1252$125$34,715,5304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$186,980-10%680-192$275$164,403,96011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$169,518-2%591-411$287$63,995,2556Fox
3Super 8$104,607-8%658-801$159$124,564,3057Paramount
4Monte Carlo$90,084-15%360-809$250$22,055,4954Fox
5The Tree of Life$75,449-14%230-5$328$11,275,1539Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$63,104-13%210-31$300$142,770,24215Fox
7Kung Fu Panda 2$56,740-23%250-104$227$160,963,5389Paramount / DreamWorks
8Thor$55,718-16%236-36$236$180,316,37612Paramount
9X-Men: First Class$54,984-12%295-175$186$144,382,8308Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$52,598-15%421-552$125$114,086,2526Warner Bros.
11Beginners$47,097-18%157-13$300$4,755,9108Focus
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,3722%190-24$234$14,772,2467Relativity Media
13The Hangover Part II$39,933-12%275-180$145$252,586,2529Warner Bros.
14Fast Five$26,095-6%174-38$150$209,524,07013Universal
15A Better Life$23,989-1%182-34$132$1,484,8245Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$82,061-12%480$1,710$9,961,32316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$35,94831%270$1,331$27,112,84171Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$30,6301%6137$502$497,1992Fox Searchlight
4Sarah's Key$13,538-7%5--$2,708$157,2381Weinstein Company
5Water for Elephants$11,596-5%91-29$127$58,627,25614Fox
6Another Earth$8,4275%4--$2,107$103,9621Fox Searchlight
7A Little Help$5,683-8%24--$237$61,4031Freestyle Releasing
8Insidious$5,576-8%59-7$95$53,917,45517FilmDistrict
9Project Nim$5,424-13%19-3$285$188,7203Roadside Attractions
10Something Borrowed$5,254-3%47-27$112$39,041,59712Warner Bros.
11Delhi Belly$3,30612%25-42$132$1,511,3084UTV Communications
12Submarine$3,126-12%184$174$436,2848Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$1,1226%9-3$125$2,689,67511Roadside Attractions
14The Conspirator$378-19%100$38$11,530,83515Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$242-14%3-2$81$93,90810Image Entertainment
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$54238%2--$27$231,17145Collective Eye
17The Music Never Stopped$330%4--$8$255,83919Roadside Attractions