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 Sat, Nov. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$40,029,203-44%4,061--$9,857$111,671,7291Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$9,269,64058%3,606--$2,571$15,120,2661Warner Bros.
3Jack and Jill$5,229,15551%3,4380$1,521$37,727,2182Sony / Columbia
4Immortals$5,090,36533%3,1208$1,632$49,632,8772Relativity Media
5Puss in Boots (2011)$4,945,43794%3,415-488$1,448$119,083,6644Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tower Heist$3,265,62052%2,942-428$1,110$51,847,1703Universal
7J. Edgar$2,613,09046%1,94737$1,342$19,203,0682Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,215,43533%1,808-1067$672$27,561,0233Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$746,26044%1,367-1224$546$33,006,9044Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$444,00833%1,402-1374$317$102,395,9705Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$383,45242%1,218-997$315$49,958,6616Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$259,69294%702-1056$370$82,397,6517Disney / DreamWorks
2Moneyball$247,26170%409-404$605$72,521,8559Sony / Columbia
3The Ides of March$222,93278%298-398$748$38,988,1497Sony / Columbia
4Like Crazy$221,26844%10939$2,030$1,619,5234Paramount Vantage
5Margin Call$208,00892%173-26$1,202$3,808,3395Roadside Attractions
6Courageous$178,20351%517-388$345$32,204,0198Sony / TriStar
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$173,27464%180-3$963$2,152,5965Fox Searchlight
8Dolphin Tale$118,16098%388-317$305$69,933,8379Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs$101,634120%252-17$403$141,876,52417Sony / Columbia
1050/50$100,79535%185-239$545$34,188,0138Summit
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$88,592-2%170-499$521$19,511,2815Summit
12Contagion$85,69640%301-54$285$75,125,70611Warner Bros.
13Anonymous$74,12350%179-303$414$4,099,8194Sony / Columbia
14The Rum Diary$59,87142%152-795$394$12,793,3754FilmDistrict
15Abduction$53,27051%18154$294$27,591,1099Lionsgate
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$38,90675%131-33$297$176,429,78316Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$38,88564%108-102$360$8,244,8055Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$493,70455%29--$17,024$891,5431Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$30,11125%490$615$14,254,04933Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$26,67050%46-29$580$34,345,77210FilmDistrict
4Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,17136%91-39$233$84,313,23317Warner Bros.
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$18,249203%70-2$261$38,453,14514Weinstein Company
6Sarah's Key$13,73749%52-110$264$7,652,88718Weinstein Company
7The Big Year$12,17053%59-24$206$7,113,4066Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$10,33735%78-7$133$380,992,75219Warner Bros.
9The Mighty Macs$8,30855%28-33$297$1,859,0485Quaker Media
10What's Your Number?$4,75839%25-38$190$14,005,1648Fox
11Shark Night 3D$3,70473%27-2$137$18,869,80912Relativity Media
12I Don't Know How She Does It$3,66366%38-45$96$9,656,92010Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$2,87469%11-2$261$7,694,77611CodeBlack Entertainment
14Inni$1,839-52%5--$368$87,9904Cinema Purgatorio
15Machine Gun Preacher$1,35358%197$71$530,2899Relativity Media
16Our Idiot Brother$1,036100%6-6$173$24,814,17313Weinstein Company
17Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$516-8%87$65$488,77412Indomina Media
18Apollo 18$39411%5-13$79$17,686,66312Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$9471%2-3$47$441,12113Roadside Attractions