Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Fourth Straight Race with $17.8M; 'Paul Blart 2' Holds Well with $14.8M; 'Age of Adaline' Takes Third with Solid $13.2M DebutApril 27, 2015 01:03 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $17.82 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 39 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.08 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with $14.78 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 38 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.22 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 2 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with $13.20 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline took in $4.96 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8.5 percent on Saturday to gross $5.39 million and declined 47 percent on Sunday to gross $2.86 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.66 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed $8.01 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 25 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.49 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with $6.16 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.08 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.35 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,263 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.83 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with $2.75 million. The modestly budgeted comedy drama from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,632 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.36 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $0.59 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.03 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Aug. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,891,426-54%2,534--$1,536$39,809,8421Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,547,640-60%3,69143$961$108,755,8662Fox
3The Smurfs$2,277,561-51%3,42732$665$104,056,3023Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$1,855,164-58%3,155--$588$19,886,5601Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$1,830,117-54%2,888--$634$15,160,2351Sony / Columbia
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,158,055-56%2,414-761$480$358,495,4105Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,047,320-52%2,635-385$397$56,573,8443Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$985,172-57%2,835-785$348$157,956,2804Paramount
9Cowboys & Aliens$959,885-61%3,310-444$290$82,633,9003Universal
10The Change-Up$859,335-55%2,9130$295$26,698,1852Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$840,846-44%2,040--$412$6,802,0771Fox
12Horrible Bosses$333,109-54%1,338-687$249$110,336,2536Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$279,527-49%1,294-1104$216$53,358,8644Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$172,189-59%886-968$194$347,440,9897Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$155,849-45%748-976$208$75,956,5396Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$116,859-51%494-432$237$186,313,4168Disney
4Sarah's Key$69,202-60%10134$685$2,093,2274Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern (2011)$60,252-53%242134$249$115,097,3969Warner Bros.
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$56,850-50%294-33$193$66,151,1419Fox
7Kung Fu Panda 2$56,317-50%252-38$223$163,489,94412Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bridesmaids$51,275-51%285-89$180$167,221,17014Universal
9X-Men: First Class$28,888-45%183-53$158$145,717,43411Fox
10The Hangover Part II$26,262-52%232-71$113$253,967,55412Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$25,296-53%118-52$214$12,497,88112Fox Searchlight
12Bad Teacher$22,171-34%149-201$149$97,923,5928Sony / Columbia
13Super 8$17,129-49%108-66$159$125,537,19010Paramount
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$15,506-49%104-12$149$1,211,3735Fox Searchlight
15Monte Carlo$13,728-45%124-17$111$22,703,2167Fox
16Beginners$13,719-62%103-23$133$5,540,16511Focus
17Larry Crowne$9,960-61%166-63$60$35,575,9357Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$69,957-14%490$1,428$11,380,30219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$41,441-54%8956$466$740,2353Lionsgate
3Another Earth$24,347-62%8227$297$723,4064Fox Searchlight
4Aarakshan$21,141-78%91--$232$365,8021Reliance Big Pictures
5Attack the Block$16,764-56%4032$419$470,8513Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$10,270-53%99-40$104$143,488,55018Fox
7The Future$10,042-51%202$502$244,5943Roadside Attractions
8Thor$7,921-51%81-60$98$180,960,74915Paramount
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$4,360-11%55-33$79$15,005,35410Relativity Media
10Project Nim$3,805-47%18-3$211$311,4266Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$2,216-62%51-23$43$1,700,1898Summit
12The Last Mountain$643-58%5--$129$120,75011Dada Films
13Insidious$633-63%13-13$49$53,978,57120FilmDistrict
14Submarine$364-55%7-3$52$467,06611Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$190-38%3-5$63$2,702,73214Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$150-34%20$75$11,533,55918Roadside Attractions