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 Sun, Mar. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$21,404,460-32%3,729--$5,740$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$5,298,439-31%3,055--$1,734$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$3,682,323-39%3,05314$1,206$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$1,978,575-43%2,553-499$775$108,355,4254Universal
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,937,173-40%3,060-290$633$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,811,595-47%2,1320$850$25,791,6932Lionsgate
7The Vow$1,402,822-49%2,826-212$496$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,297,483-42%2,487-687$522$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
9This Means War$1,290,112-50%2,342-847$551$41,399,9623Fox
10The Artist$994,382-41%1,756790$566$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
11Wanderlust$980,980-44%2,0020$490$12,484,6552Universal
12Gone$660,429-53%2,1860$302$8,949,8392Summit
13Chronicle$495,840-46%1,054-743$470$60,846,6975Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$478,537-32%1,431-91$334$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$356,519-40%406-95$878$71,300,19515Paramount
2Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$345,774-35%731-887$473$42,218,7794Fox
3The Descendants$323,070-50%694-195$466$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$245,970-38%511-11$481$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
5The Woman in Black$244,842-57%812-915$302$52,241,3905CBS Films
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$101,600-41%3143$324$130,804,28112Fox
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$79,925-39%256131$312$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
8Big Miracle$78,980-44%359-269$220$19,362,1405Universal
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,259-51%126-38$526$23,665,41513Focus
10The Grey$66,111-45%308-609$215$50,735,5106Open Road
11We Bought a Zoo$65,027-44%266-14$244$74,406,78211Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$61,802-50%266-67$232$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$60,461-43%30323$200$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$54,319-40%215-57$253$77,167,15711Paramount
15Red Tails$49,403-43%249-240$198$49,023,7167Fox
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$37,419-51%107-71$350$208,019,61312Paramount
17My Week with Marilyn$36,383-41%120-282$303$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
18Joyful Noise$31,295-41%202-75$155$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
19Contraband$31,080-45%148-49$210$66,362,0658Universal
20One For the Money$16,221-41%117-112$139$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,370-20%400$759$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$22,569-40%138$1,736$164,0583Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$20,275-30%68-32$298$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
4Underworld Awakening$20,003-40%79-181$253$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
5Happy Feet Two$16,054-18%850$189$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
6W.E.$14,027-27%194$738$327,5085Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$11,652-41%4--$2,913$43,9901Focus
8Coriolanus$10,826-37%146$773$410,2667Weinstein Company
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$9,738-33%26-22$375$155,2472UTV Communications
10Shame$9,302-28%22-3$423$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$6,863-29%10--$686$20,5681UTV Communications
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$2,977-44%25-10$119$1,150,1304UTV Communications
13Pariah (2011)$2,692-52%130$207$730,36210Focus
14Haywire$2,014-60%32-5$63$18,852,9517Relativity Media
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,949-24%84$244$301,30511FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$1,473-33%17-8$87$53,201,7159Paramount