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 Thu, Aug. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,333,909-22%2,511--$1,726$9,873,8260Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,329,199-12%3,648--$1,187$77,375,9191Fox
3The Smurfs$2,474,724-17%3,3950$729$88,045,6602Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,522,004-8%3,175-970$479$350,085,9414Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,390,483-8%3,620-95$384$149,760,2063Paramount
6Cowboys & Aliens$1,332,670-9%3,7544$355$73,862,7102Universal
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,258,251-14%3,0200$417$48,472,2962Warner Bros.
8The Change-Up$1,150,635-14%2,913--$395$19,532,2051Universal
9Friends With Benefits$528,509-12%2,240-686$236$51,232,8823Sony / Screen Gems
10Horrible Bosses$488,315-14%2,025-485$241$107,564,6465Warner Bros. / New Line
11Transformers: Dark of the Moon$356,139-5%1,854-750$192$345,884,1686Paramount / DreamWorks
12Zookeeper$240,701-9%1,458-960$165$74,797,4355Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$153,750-10%773-990$199$185,536,6567Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$96,734-9%615-1017$157$24,908,0644Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$89,022-9%290-29$307$163,082,53111Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$69,190-5%374-110$185$166,809,37513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$68,8820%327-85$211$65,707,4358Fox
6X-Men: First Class$50,2618%235-19$214$145,500,73710Fox
7The Hangover Part II$37,844-9%303-43$125$253,759,62811Warner Bros.
8Bad Teacher$37,494-6%314-451$119$97,697,5947Sony / Columbia
9The Tree of Life$34,254-9%170-26$201$12,313,59711Fox Searchlight
10Super 8$21,055-8%174-151$121$125,411,7859Paramount
11Monte Carlo$19,594-1%141-27$139$22,602,0766Fox
12Rio (2011)$19,593-8%139-35$141$143,408,67317Fox
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$19,115-18%11623$165$1,113,8094Fox Searchlight
14Beginners$18,4462%126-21$146$5,425,11510Focus
15Thor$16,7200%141-49$119$180,897,79214Paramount
16Larry Crowne$14,885-13%229-106$65$35,473,0156Universal
17Green Lantern (2011)$12,810-2%108-27$119$114,631,2018Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$73,138-8%490$1,493$11,085,02818Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$51,045-16%6734$762$1,537,9293Weinstein Company
3The Devil's Double$20,495-11%3328$621$438,5312Lionsgate
4Another Earth$18,309-1%5535$333$534,6413Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$11,361-12%80$1,420$346,1362Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$8,705-6%1817$484$170,8572Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$7,740-6%86-39$90$209,837,67515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$5,940-23%88-73$68$14,988,1369Relativity Media
9Project Nim$3,50617%210$167$284,5885Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$3,32717%74-34$45$1,680,5457Summit
11Gun Hill Road$3,084-18%3--$1,028$52,0271Motion Film Group
12Insidious$1,59916%26-15$62$53,972,68519FilmDistrict
13Submarine$1,206-21%10-9$121$463,50610Weinstein Company
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72811%3--$243$235,33047Collective Eye
15Everything Must Go$42038%80$53$2,701,35113Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$63-72%2--$32$11,532,59717Roadside Attractions
17Delhi Belly$58-81%6-1$10$1,532,5946UTV Communications