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 Sat, Jan. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$8,517,425-1%2,863--$2,975$17,149,3701Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$6,716,05320%2,625--$2,558$12,324,8641Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$4,757,57346%3,346-209$1,422$183,259,1515Paramount
4Joyful Noise$4,564,76238%2,735--$1,669$7,863,0211Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$3,496,93945%3,155-448$1,108$167,503,7385Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$3,098,17314%2,551266$1,214$44,158,5182Paramount
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,675,150129%2,849-576$939$116,822,6385Fox
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,643,28736%2,674-276$989$85,762,3354Sony / Columbia
9War Horse$2,358,60844%2,85673$826$64,166,0904Disney / DreamWorks
10We Bought a Zoo$2,332,90670%2,909-261$802$62,193,8914Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$1,717,463105%2,073-933$828$66,261,1164Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$447,67447%1,182-981$379$20,202,2294Summit
13New Year's Eve$414,54533%1,092-772$380$53,380,1656Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$2,237,55443%802797$2,790$4,390,1793Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,317,22142%88677$1,487$14,184,8066Focus
3The Descendants$877,16258%660-77$1,329$46,435,9609Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$499,34669%21644$2,312$8,391,2398Weinstein Company
5Hugo$433,685100%545-298$796$53,767,7128Paramount
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$328,06462%708-350$463$279,399,6599Lionsgate / Summit
7The Muppets$250,896145%547-689$459$86,188,7708Disney
8Happy Feet Two$203,086100%36580$556$61,718,9569Warner Bros.
9The Sitter$195,26037%449-309$435$29,475,0046Fox
10My Week with Marilyn$191,46046%400-184$479$11,196,0938Weinstein Company
11Puss in Boots (2011)$181,403109%316-35$574$147,005,42412Paramount / DreamWorks
12Young Adult$171,29936%387-443$443$15,572,7566Paramount
13Jack and Jill$170,17869%298127$571$72,282,28210Sony / Columbia
14Tower Heist$98,80041%260-35$380$77,466,32011Universal
15Immortals$61,45436%18759$329$83,001,83810Relativity Media
16Courageous$33,75951%116-75$291$34,403,02416Sony / TriStar
17Moneyball$30,93918%128-103$242$75,399,79417Sony / Columbia
18In Time$28,70130%106-26$271$37,335,45712Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$57,48045%41-4$1,402$2,579,5107Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$47,623139%450$1,058$15,444,85841Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$41,14842%2413$1,715$342,3973Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$37,44170%60$6,240$603,9584Warner Bros.
5Vettai$35,59562%34--$1,047$57,5231UTV Communications
6J. Edgar$23,29354%82-70$284$36,957,71210Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$18,008118%91-58$198$72,214,46817Warner Bros.
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$16,61141%1811$923$134,0004FilmDistrict
9Drive (2011)$11,45637%322$358$34,957,17918FilmDistrict
10Margin Call$6,75763%20-10$338$5,322,23013Roadside Attractions