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 Fri, Mar. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$17,526,300--3,729--$4,700$17,526,3001Universal
2Project X (2012)$8,125,879--3,055--$2,660$8,125,8791Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$3,808,742142%3,05314$1,248$35,348,0882Relativity Media
4Safe House$1,927,515143%2,553-499$755$102,892,0054Universal
5The Vow$1,849,986181%2,826-212$655$107,462,3354Sony / Screen Gems
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,834,761169%2,1320$861$20,579,3932Lionsgate
7This Means War$1,678,176187%2,342-847$717$37,516,8153Fox
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,369,423188%3,060-290$448$80,055,9224Warner Bros. / New Line
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,117,224116%2,487-687$449$41,297,9633Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$1,111,110127%2,0020$555$9,751,9252Universal
11Gone$943,750250%2,1860$432$6,891,7272Summit
12The Artist$938,801188%1,756790$535$34,127,21915Weinstein Company
13Chronicle$523,609128%1,054-743$497$59,438,8755Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$298,67560%1,431-91$209$15,567,0553Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Woman in Black$345,072106%812-915$425$51,431,9875CBS Films
2The Descendants$322,272111%694-195$464$79,422,99816Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$283,82681%406-95$699$70,350,40315Paramount
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$219,54323%731-887$300$41,337,8764Fox
5The Iron Lady$205,05994%511-11$401$26,361,06310Weinstein Company
6Big Miracle$82,57088%359-269$230$19,143,1505Universal
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$74,864--256131$292$101,857,40011Sony / Columbia
8The Grey$73,012-4%308-609$237$50,549,5626Open Road
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$72,027292%3143$229$130,531,25612Fox
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$71,429118%266-67$269$186,085,22212Warner Bros.
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$62,734109%126-38$498$23,464,96013Focus
12We Bought a Zoo$61,786255%266-14$232$74,224,73911Fox
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$60,393231%30323$199$31,350,76011Warner Bros.
14Red Tails$54,41853%249-240$219$48,887,2397Fox
15Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$44,05896%107-71$412$207,905,51812Paramount
16The Adventures of Tintin$41,572117%215-57$193$77,022,41411Paramount
17Contraband$32,56083%148-49$220$66,274,0058Universal
18My Week with Marilyn$32,285-3%120-282$269$14,241,98915Weinstein Company
19Joyful Noise$31,34772%202-75$155$30,684,6608Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$16,0889%117-112$138$26,017,2466Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,75745%400$694$16,724,61148Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$21,735744%138$1,672$103,5633Weinstein Company
3Underworld Awakening$19,033-26%79-181$241$62,267,8027Sony / Screen Gems
4Albert Nobbs$14,59715%68-32$215$2,673,7456Roadside Attractions
5Being Flynn$12,677--4--$3,169$12,6771Focus
6W.E.$10,437113%194$549$294,3225Weinstein Company
7Coriolanus$9,025348%146$645$382,1297Weinstein Company
8Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$8,12561%26-22$313$130,9402UTV Communications
9Happy Feet Two$7,994118%850$94$63,956,71316Warner Bros.
10Shame$7,44648%22-3$338$3,834,27014Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$4,101--10--$410$4,1011UTV Communications
12Haywire$2,866-32%32-5$90$18,845,9277Relativity Media
13Pariah (2011)$2,5367%130$195$722,09710Focus
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$2,07816%25-10$83$1,141,8034UTV Communications
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,772161%84$222$296,80311FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$1,482172%17-8$87$53,198,0329Paramount