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 Thu, Nov. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,377,57379%3,96311$600$83,309,1662Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$1,801,34530%3,367--$535$30,691,8501Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,121,27322%2,875--$390$17,322,3821Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$724,27037%3,1275$232$26,516,7372Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$619,35448%3,286-43$188$97,197,5523Paramount
6Footloose (2011)$458,40883%2,811-413$163$46,040,7784Paramount
7The Rum Diary$309,99910%2,29220$135$11,567,9842FilmDistrict
8Real Steel$303,85061%2,438-476$125$79,748,1165Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$190,14720%1,391-181$137$37,414,0265Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$186,92745%1,1384$164$30,553,5886Sony / TriStar
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$179,45833%1,863-1154$96$18,670,3043Summit
12Moneyball$172,97833%1,278-353$135$70,791,5697Sony / Columbia
13Dolphin Tale$105,35780%1,105-733$95$68,940,7787Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$137,70626%514249$268$3,171,3912Sony / Columbia
250/50$107,47635%747-447$144$33,334,1156Summit
3Margin Call$64,63910%17838$363$2,766,6833Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$57,96050%644-910$90$7,924,7903Universal
5The Way$42,69219%224-34$191$2,298,9555Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$37,65917%318289$118$7,477,40316Weinstein Company
7Contagion$26,90143%260-151$103$74,553,4489Warner Bros.
8The Thing (2011)$26,88017%384-1010$70$16,842,5254Universal
9Drive (2011)$22,82812%136-58$168$34,153,8458FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,81531%199-32$95$176,202,65114Fox
11Dream House$16,49543%330-255$50$21,204,5256Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$16,13230%172-78$94$84,162,42615Warner Bros.
13Abduction$13,19240%207-144$64$27,411,7907Lionsgate
14The Mighty Macs$11,62623%101-288$115$1,771,5553Quaker Media
15The Big Year$10,58433%213-210$50$7,049,4414Fox
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$9,67551%22562$43$380,901,82117Warner Bros.
17What's Your Number?$7,2109%10240$71$13,965,0116Fox
18Killer Elite$5,84912%119-138$49$25,027,8787Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$5,84255%102-37$57$176,654,50516Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1J. Edgar$45,889-13%7--$6,556$98,5340Warner Bros.
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$45,4277%9866$464$1,200,0463Fox Searchlight
3Like Crazy$30,97423%1612$1,936$551,2662Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$21,59048%490$441$14,027,04531Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Double (2011)$8,0527%4534$179$128,2362Image Entertainment
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,13989%98-53$52$38,369,78412Weinstein Company
7Inni$3,7483%75$535$57,1542Cinema Purgatorio
8Apollo 18$3,38526%93-27$36$17,675,92110Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,84716%35-16$81$24,802,27511Weinstein Company
10Laugh at My Pain$2,46752%38-13$65$7,682,1839CodeBlack Entertainment
11The Son of No One$2,37830%10--$238$26,1871Anchor Bay Films
12Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,25314%52-23$43$24,028,64511FilmDistrict
13Shark Night 3D$1,88947%44-46$43$18,844,57210Relativity Media
14Machine Gun Preacher$1,28647%12-1$107$524,7477Relativity Media
15Munger Road$85333%9-1$95$261,2776Freestyle Releasing
16Circumstance$722142%5-2$144$438,41511Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$57413%103$57$44,5634Anchor Bay Films
18I Don't Know How She Does It$423-30%8-6$53$9,610,5018Weinstein Company
19Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$392120%5-1$78$486,76210Indomina Media
20Dirty Girl$268-25%65$45$55,1255Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$14955%30$50$406,80918Roadside Attractions
22The Future$42-82%50$8$567,72515Roadside Attractions