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 Sun, Jul. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$10,162,555-23%3,750--$2,710$36,431,2901Universal
2The Smurfs$9,740,511-23%3,395--$2,869$35,611,6371Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$7,750,118-22%3,7150$2,086$117,421,5712Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,962,129-18%4,145-230$1,680$318,511,6023Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$5,446,148-23%3,020--$1,803$19,104,3031Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$2,670,092-22%2,9260$913$38,175,9732Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,154,012-24%2,510-594$858$96,290,9174Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,825,860-26%2,604-771$701$338,007,7255Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,187,906-30%2,418-797$491$68,832,7334Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$735,093-20%1,763-905$417$182,118,6906Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$575,635-14%1,632-773$353$22,435,4903Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$249,260-27%484-196$515$165,457,08012Universal
2Bad Teacher$244,486-26%765-1269$320$96,718,1476Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$208,441-18%31969$653$161,681,66710Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$126,145-19%34671$365$253,027,04310Warner Bros.
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$122,426-33%412-179$297$64,625,4697Fox
6The Tree of Life$106,011-21%196-34$541$11,685,37110Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$88,583-29%325-333$273$124,973,8318Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$87,297-23%254-41$344$144,723,8429Fox
9Thor$67,518-15%190-46$355$180,580,79513Paramount
10Beginners$67,156-34%147-10$457$5,032,4059Focus
11Larry Crowne$65,325-42%335-700$195$35,107,9455Universal
12Green Lantern (2011)$64,500-5%135-286$478$114,327,6147Warner Bros.
13Rio (2011)$58,437-17%174-36$336$143,021,06816Fox
14Fast Five$43,750-20%125-49$350$209,688,23514Universal
15Monte Carlo$36,630-28%168-192$218$22,275,8955Fox
16A Better Life$24,733-20%108-74$229$1,585,5586Summit
17Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$13,972-47%161-29$87$14,880,4568Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$121,678-22%3328$3,687$536,6502Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$73,136-11%491$1,493$10,282,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$56,842-24%9332$611$710,0153Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$43,185-14%8--$5,398$139,5061Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$34,983-19%2016$1,749$221,4922Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$31,292-6%5--$6,258$96,4141Lionsgate
7Singham$21,710-13%39-11$557$287,4582Reliance Big Pictures
8Project Nim$10,387-23%212$495$227,0484Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$9,21816%240$384$85,7892Freestyle Releasing
10The Future$7,272-30%1--$7,272$27,1371Roadside Attractions
11Water for Elephants$6,702-31%41-50$163$58,664,10015Fox
12Insidious$5,948-25%41-18$145$53,943,19218FilmDistrict
13Submarine$3,6439%191$192$449,3039Weinstein Company
14Delhi Belly$1,912-59%7-18$273$1,524,3865UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$1,180-11%8-1$148$2,694,12312Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$164-62%2-1$82$112,1709Dada Films
17The Conspirator$156-26%3-7$52$11,531,76316Roadside Attractions
1835 and Ticking$141-33%2-1$71$94,65211Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$114-61%2--$57$256,59020Roadside Attractions
20Daylight (2011)$90-76%0----$2,6483Cinema Purgatorio