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 Fri, Aug. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,107,99087%3,69143$2,197$85,483,9092Fox
2The Help$7,644,60876%2,534--$3,017$17,518,4341Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$7,339,561--3,155--$2,326$7,339,5611Warner Bros. / New Line
430 Minutes or Less$4,845,247--2,888--$1,678$4,845,2471Sony / Columbia
5The Smurfs$3,781,61453%3,42732$1,103$91,827,2743Sony / Columbia
6Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,734,591--2,040--$1,340$2,734,5911Fox
7Cowboys & Aliens$2,201,15065%3,310-444$665$76,063,8603Universal
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,140,13070%2,635-385$812$50,612,4263Warner Bros.
9Captain America: The First Avenger$2,056,16748%2,835-785$725$151,816,3734Paramount
10The Change-Up$1,937,14568%2,9130$665$21,469,3502Universal
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,860,23122%2,414-761$771$351,946,1725Warner Bros.
12Horrible Bosses$706,11845%1,338-687$528$108,270,7646Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$582,11910%1,294-1104$450$51,815,0014Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$385,1328%886-968$435$346,269,3007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$314,80631%748-976$421$75,112,2416Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$163,1026%494-432$330$185,699,7588Disney
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$120,76775%294-33$411$65,828,2029Fox
5Green Lantern (2011)$118,254823%242134$489$114,749,4559Warner Bros.
6Bridesmaids$108,28557%285-89$380$166,917,66014Universal
7Sarah's Key$107,003110%10134$1,059$1,644,9324Weinstein Company
8Kung Fu Panda 2$100,03112%252-38$397$163,182,56212Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bad Teacher$80,676115%149-201$541$97,778,2708Sony / Columbia
10X-Men: First Class$58,51116%183-53$320$145,559,24811Fox
11The Hangover Part II$53,94643%232-71$233$253,813,57412Warner Bros.
12The Tree of Life$40,32918%118-52$342$12,353,92612Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$30,36044%108-66$281$125,442,14510Paramount
14Monte Carlo$28,24644%124-17$228$22,630,3227Fox
15Larry Crowne$28,22090%166-63$170$35,501,2357Universal
16Beginners$24,05830%103-23$234$5,449,17311Focus
17Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,9129%104-12$201$1,134,7215Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$108,337--91--$1,191$108,3371Reliance Big Pictures
2The Devil's Double$73,196257%8956$822$511,7273Lionsgate
3Born to Be Wild 3D$64,018-12%490$1,306$11,149,04619Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Another Earth$41,057124%8227$501$575,6984Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$30,351167%4032$759$376,4873Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$19,142-2%99-40$193$143,427,81518Fox
7The Future$17,424100%202$871$188,2813Roadside Attractions
8Thor$15,912-5%81-60$196$180,913,70415Paramount
9Project Nim$7,137104%18-3$397$291,7256Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$5,13054%51-23$101$1,685,6758Summit
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$3,888-35%55-33$71$14,992,02410Relativity Media
1235 and Ticking$1,538--50$308$111,64413Image Entertainment
13Insidious$1,412-12%13-13$109$53,974,09720FilmDistrict
14Submarine$872-28%7-3$125$464,37811Weinstein Company
15The Last Mountain$775--52$155$117,36611Dada Films
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$639-12%31$213$235,96948Collective Eye
17Everything Must Go$4579%3-5$152$2,701,80814Roadside Attractions
18The Conspirator$304383%20$152$11,532,90118Roadside Attractions