Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.1M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $24.0M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $16.0MApril 19, 2015 08:47 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in an estimated $29.06 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 $294.41 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.59 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 an estimated $24.0 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 20 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 $7.35 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 39 percent on Saturday to gross $10.2 million and is estimated to decline 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.45 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio stands at 3.27 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 an estimated $16.02 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 19 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.8 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $6.0 million and is estimated to decline 46 percent on Sunday to take in $3.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.36 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with an estimated $10.3 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 44 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 $142.61 million. That places the film essentially on par with 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 an estimated $6.85 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 47 percent from last weekend's debut. While that represented a sizable second weekend decline, it also represented a respectable second weekend hold given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.51 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 34 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in seventh place with an estimated $4.72 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label debuted 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 just below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 8 percent on Saturday to take in $1.67 million and is estimated to decline 10.5 percent on Sunday to gross $1.49 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.04 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.

On the platform front, A24's Ex Machina continued to perform well with an estimated $814,293 from 39 locations. That gave the critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film a per-location average of $20,879 for the frame. Ex Machina has grossed $1.14 million through ten days of platform release and is scheduled to receive a major expansion on Friday.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Nov. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tower Heist$1,380,470-30%3,367--$410$28,890,5051Universal
2Puss in Boots (2011)$1,330,404-45%3,96311$336$80,931,5932Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$921,491-29%2,875--$321$16,201,1091Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$528,479-26%3,1275$169$25,792,4672Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$418,198-22%3,286-43$127$96,578,1983Paramount
6The Rum Diary$282,339-19%2,29220$123$11,257,9852FilmDistrict
7Footloose (2011)$250,008-28%2,811-413$89$45,582,3704Paramount
8Real Steel$188,975-30%2,438-476$78$79,444,2665Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$158,321-16%1,391-181$114$37,223,8795Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$134,696-23%1,863-1154$72$18,490,8463Summit
11Moneyball$129,970-13%1,278-353$102$70,618,5917Sony / Columbia
12Courageous$129,043-15%1,1384$113$30,366,6616Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$58,491-39%1,105-733$53$68,835,4217Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$109,409-18%514249$213$3,033,6852Sony / Columbia
250/50$79,674-17%747-447$107$33,226,6396Summit
3Margin Call$58,954-20%17838$331$2,702,0443Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$38,640-40%644-910$60$7,866,8303Universal
5The Way$36,008-10%224-34$161$2,256,2635Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$32,083-18%318289$101$7,439,74416Weinstein Company
7The Thing (2011)$23,010-8%384-1010$60$16,815,6454Universal
8Drive (2011)$20,292-21%136-58$149$34,131,0178FilmDistrict
9Contagion$18,812-15%260-151$72$74,526,5479Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$14,357-8%199-32$72$176,183,83614Fox
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,415-6%172-78$72$84,146,29415Warner Bros.
12Dream House$11,550-22%330-255$35$21,188,0306Universal
13The Mighty Macs$9,455-10%101-288$94$1,759,9293Quaker Media
14Abduction$9,444-24%207-144$46$27,398,5987Lionsgate
15The Big Year$7,977-17%213-210$37$7,038,8574Fox
16What's Your Number?$6,605-18%10240$65$13,957,8016Fox
17Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,418-4%22562$29$380,892,14617Warner Bros.
18Killer Elite$5,2350%119-138$44$25,022,0297Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$3,777-17%102-37$37$176,648,66316Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1J. Edgar$52,645--7--$7,521$52,6450Warner Bros.
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$42,277-18%9866$431$1,154,6193Fox Searchlight
3Like Crazy$25,261-6%1612$1,579$520,2922Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$14,561-14%490$297$14,005,45531Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Double (2011)$7,5520%4534$168$120,1842Image Entertainment
6Inni$3,63563%54$727$53,4062Cinema Purgatorio
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,718-32%98-53$28$38,364,64512Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$2,690-16%93-27$29$17,672,53610Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,455-16%35-16$70$24,799,42811Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,969-10%52-23$38$24,026,39211FilmDistrict
11The Son of No One$1,826-12%10--$183$23,8091Anchor Bay Films
12Laugh at My Pain$1,626-26%38-13$43$7,679,7169CodeBlack Entertainment
13Shark Night 3D$1,286-32%44-46$29$18,842,68310Relativity Media
14Machine Gun Preacher$872-31%12-1$73$523,4617Relativity Media
15Munger Road$63936%9-1$71$260,4246Freestyle Releasing
16I Don't Know How She Does It$60240%8-6$75$9,610,0788Weinstein Company
17Texas Killing Fields$510-21%103$51$43,9894Anchor Bay Films
18Dirty Girl$359-36%65$60$54,8575Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$298-50%5-2$60$437,69311Roadside Attractions
20The Future$234-19%50$47$567,68315Roadside Attractions
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$17885%5-1$36$486,37010Indomina Media
22Project Nim$9660%30$32$406,66018Roadside Attractions