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 Wed, Oct. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,140,394-25%3,321--$645$60,459,4421Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$630,600-18%3,5556$177$32,347,5712Paramount
3The Three Musketeers (2011)$583,031-31%3,017--$193$10,760,7131Summit
4Real Steel$552,524-18%3,412-28$162$68,563,6413Disney / DreamWorks
5The Ides of March$423,420-14%2,042-157$207$30,382,6353Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$356,472-10%2,353-487$151$64,671,3595Sony / Columbia
750/50$274,949-15%1,932-459$142$29,663,9504Summit
8The Thing (2011)$269,550-18%2,995-1$90$14,932,7452Universal
9Dolphin Tale$231,136-1%2,828-458$82$65,103,7055Warner Bros.
10Courageous$200,590-12%1,195-19$168$25,605,2804Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$193,990-37%1,552--$125$4,546,8901Universal
12The Big Year$141,845-19%2,1500$66$6,447,5772Fox
13The Lion King 3D$74,842-11%1,091-879$69$92,852,7876Disney
14Dream House$61,195-9%1,224-948$50$20,369,5504Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$80,664-4%776-491$104$166,423,72011Disney / DreamWorks
2The Mighty Macs$77,398-11%975--$79$1,192,1171Quaker Media
3Contagion$71,481-5%901-783$79$73,689,9827Warner Bros.
4Drive (2011)$64,069-15%367-336$175$33,393,5666FilmDistrict
5The Way$56,145-9%283--$198$1,181,7973Producers Distribution Agency
6Killer Elite$43,601-18%751-680$58$24,757,7375Open Road
7Abduction$37,396-20%753-954$50$26,917,2155Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$29,723-23%343-939$87$13,786,2444Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$25,881-15%308146$84$83,724,06313Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,739-15%249-24$75$175,691,07212Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,753-2%240-90$66$380,578,23115Warner Bros.
12The Debt$11,750-4%119-81$99$31,085,1468Focus
13Captain America: The First Avenger$11,733-14%184-62$64$176,460,45114Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$9,170-7%131-77$70$100,144,81113Universal
15Laugh at My Pain$8,262-15%103-85$80$7,584,5797CodeBlack Entertainment
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,3851%178-133$30$38,213,84010Weinstein Company
17Shark Night 3D$4,376-8%102-13$43$18,746,9428Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$52,1110%56--$931$714,4271Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,201-3%4--$3,800$184,3281Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$14,061-10%490$287$13,711,88929Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sarah's Key$5,475-5%48-38$114$7,040,99914Weinstein Company
5Our Idiot Brother$4,541-11%7938$57$24,746,7689Weinstein Company
6Machine Gun Preacher$4,021-14%25-18$161$488,3585Relativity Media
7Warrior (2011)$2,674-12%65-70$41$13,640,7817Lionsgate
8Horrible Bosses$2,5792%50-35$52$117,535,92916Warner Bros. / New Line
9Labios Rojos$2,448-1%43-24$57$129,5022Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,759-25%53-27$33$23,931,4999FilmDistrict
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,422-23%21--$68$479,1048Indomina Media
12Texas Killing Fields$1,388-12%41$347$27,0712Anchor Bay Films
13Munger Road$1,300-20%16-16$81$224,6824Freestyle Releasing
14Circumstance$1,017-36%10-9$102$422,3149Roadside Attractions
15Dirty Girl$721-11%5-5$144$49,9053Weinstein Company
16I Don't Know How She Does It$676-28%29-78$23$9,597,5446Weinstein Company
17Project Nim$566-16%128$47$205,20216Roadside Attractions
18The Future$525-2%14--$38$561,95613Roadside Attractions
19Apollo 18$456-48%13-5$35$17,553,8398Weinstein Company
20Thunder Soul$74-50%4-8$19$143,3525Roadside Attractions