Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.16M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $23.76M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $15.85MApril 20, 2015 12:38 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $29.16 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 51 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was respectable, especially when taking into account the size of the film's grosses thus far and the added presence of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended in the marketplace. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $294.51 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.49 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. Furious 7 is currently running a very impressive 45 percent ahead of the $202.81 million 17-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and a slim 3 percent behind the $302.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 debuted in a not-so-distant second place with $23.76 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel debuted in line with expectations. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 25 percent below the $31.83 million debut of 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but the sequel had been widely expected to open below its predecessor due in part to the six-year gap in between films. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 18 percent ahead of the $20.07 million start of 2011's Zookeeper. The solid opening weekend performance is good news for James, who will appear in Sony's upcoming Pixels this July.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened with $7.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 38 percent on Saturday to gross $10.09 million and is declined 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.38 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio was 3.26 to 1, which is evidence of the film's appeal with family audiences. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did receive a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. While the film is highly unlikely to match the strong holding power of its predecessor, it will still have a solid chance of holding up well in the weeks ahead due in part to facing a limited amount of competition for family audiences (outside of Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Universal's Unfriended debuted in third with $15.85 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. While Unfriended was unable to break out to the degree its high level of online activity had suggested; the film still performed well this weekend with its small price tag in mind. The potential for Unfriended may have also been limited a bit by its R rating. Unfriended opened 20 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $5.99 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to take in $3.03 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.32 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with $10.61 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 43 percent from last weekend, as the film took a bit of a hit from the new competition from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. While it has been relatively front-loaded for a computer animated film, Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 24-day take of $142.92 million. That places the film just ahead of the $142.44 million 24-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 46 percent from last weekend's debut. That represented a respectable second weekend hold, especially given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.68 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 35 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in eighth place with $4.58 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label opened on the low end of its modest expectations. Despite receiving the widest launch ever for a Disneynature film (2,012 locations); Monkey Kingdom delivered the softest opening weekend performance to date for Disneynature. Monkey Kingdom opened 4 percent below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to take in $1.66 million and declined 18 percent on Sunday to gross $1.36 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.95 to 1. Monkey Kingdom will likely hold up well during the week, thanks in part to a promising A- CinemaScore, the past midweek strength of Disneynature films and from Earth Day falling on Wednesday.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Sep. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,788,4507%3,222--$555$29,712,0911Warner Bros.
2The Help$948,2438%2,93592$323$140,926,7545Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$435,598-1%1,869--$233$7,142,3001Lionsgate
4The Debt$432,9803%1,87650$231$23,621,8002Focus
5Colombiana$315,7505%2,354-260$134$31,047,2323Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$283,9525%2,887-306$98$168,993,4066Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$261,5420%2,396-159$109$22,377,4193Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$204,4232%3,3302$61$15,788,4092Weinstein Company
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$202,44612%1,310-140$155$79,170,0917Warner Bros.
10Shark Night 3D$192,9916%2,84842$68$15,508,7012Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$163,9635%2,251-529$73$21,658,9113FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$110,104-7%1,500--$73$1,936,0641Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$88,7356%1,977-729$45$136,350,6137Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$73,8542%2,544-463$29$34,517,3674Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$97,7736%810-282$121$377,480,1239Warner Bros.
2Seven Days in Utopia$81,72820%555-6$147$3,032,8332Visio Entertainment
3Captain America: The First Avenger$74,63910%804-246$93$173,737,5748Paramount
4Horrible Bosses$67,3125%50381$134$116,059,12610Warner Bros. / New Line
5Cowboys & Aliens$64,4008%920-265$70$98,299,4667Universal
6Sarah's Key$54,5462%306-13$178$6,050,2948Weinstein Company
730 Minutes or Less$51,5422%646-709$80$36,677,7725Sony / Columbia
8Final Destination 5$45,59813%655-571$70$41,927,8795Warner Bros. / New Line
9One Day$43,9526%492-695$89$13,614,9344Focus
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$36,13310%551-1171$66$21,062,3084Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$30,0050%374-165$80$36,612,5306Universal
12Bridesmaids$18,7156%197-23$95$168,817,53518Universal
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$15,032-4%177-247$85$350,862,77911Paramount / DreamWorks
14Saving Private Perez$13,817-17%1654$84$1,242,5152Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Super 8$12,6187%203-37$62$126,777,41214Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$8,0201%155-30$52$116,496,29013Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$7,456-4%2520$30$67,732,03713Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$7,3897%164-141$45$165,030,73116Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$111,9361%98--$1,142$2,407,5061CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$16,09211%490$328$12,734,61523Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$7,3543%51-15$144$979,1587Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$6,898-4%62-24$111$13,115,41516Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$6,025-10%6928$87$23,072,19111Fox
6Circumstance$5,549-12%2312$241$205,6253Roadside Attractions
7X-Men: First Class$3,7518%67-34$56$146,372,86115Fox
8Another Earth$3,25837%41-30$79$1,285,6518Fox Searchlight
9The Devil's Double$2,626-1%33-16$80$1,332,5937Lionsgate
10The Future$2,4686%0-17--$485,4647Roadside Attractions
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,105-10%30$702$111,2802Indomina Media
12The Hangover Part II$2,1015%60-30$35$254,464,30516Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$92015%11-4$84$376,88410Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$81076%8-4$101$1,340,2809Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$505-7%5--$101$4,6901Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$92-23%40$23$2,711,64318Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$41-34%1-2$41$17,4794Anchor Bay Films