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 starring Kevin James 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 general 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 Thu, Mar. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,889,97511%3,729--$775$82,878,8301Universal
2Project X (2012)$1,603,2642%3,055--$525$28,574,9951Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$925,3394%3,05314$303$49,100,5972Relativity Media
4Safe House$587,1905%2,553-499$230$110,803,8154Universal
5The Vow$496,7239%2,826-212$176$113,613,7464Sony / Screen Gems
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$486,94429%3,060-290$159$87,030,6114Warner Bros. / New Line
7This Means War$442,9279%2,342-847$189$43,139,3503Fox
8Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$388,5083%2,1320$182$27,542,4492Lionsgate
9Wanderlust$330,3303%2,0020$165$13,864,1202Universal
10The Artist$321,5040%1,756790$183$38,155,02315Weinstein Company
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$308,59510%2,487-687$124$46,100,1473Sony / Columbia
12Gone$210,91310%2,1860$96$9,831,2822Summit
13Chronicle$126,2658%1,054-743$120$61,362,8725Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$106,36117%1,431-91$74$17,155,2683Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$94,5781%694-195$136$80,777,76216Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$84,673-6%511-11$166$27,363,81710Weinstein Company
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$79,14125%731-887$108$42,504,1734Fox
4Hugo$75,245-2%406-95$185$71,645,80415Paramount
5The Woman in Black$73,0165%812-915$90$52,540,2465CBS Films
6The Grey$26,65614%308-609$87$50,836,3016Open Road
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,74514%3143$82$130,900,34112Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$24,5989%266-67$92$186,365,17312Warner Bros.
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$21,6916%126-38$172$23,479,65013Focus
10The Adventures of Tintin$21,23228%215-57$99$77,243,73611Paramount
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$20,58510%30323$68$31,596,11511Warner Bros.
12We Bought a Zoo$19,76116%266-14$74$74,481,65611Fox
13Big Miracle$19,4758%359-269$54$19,441,1055Universal
14Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$18,44744%107-71$172$208,083,76612Paramount
15Red Tails$18,071-6%249-240$73$49,227,9877Fox
16My Week with Marilyn$15,416-13%120-282$128$14,405,63015Weinstein Company
17Contraband$12,58013%148-49$85$66,410,8858Universal
18Joyful Noise$10,1769%202-75$50$30,809,1548Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$6,56712%117-112$56$26,084,5286Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,7350%400$693$16,885,90348Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Albert Nobbs$7,2342%68-32$106$2,753,0526Roadside Attractions
3Undefeated$6,085-14%138$468$196,8103Weinstein Company
4W.E.$5,74110%194$302$343,3935Weinstein Company
5Shame$4,652-18%22-3$211$3,873,83814Fox Searchlight
6Coriolanus$3,6612%146$262$424,9677Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$3,33210%850$39$64,006,46616Warner Bros.
8Being Flynn$3,084-24%4--$771$58,4151Focus
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,916-20%26-22$74$165,5972UTV Communications
10Pariah (2011)$1,89429%130$146$736,09510Focus
11Paan Singh Tomar$1,498-27%10--$150$26,3251UTV Communications
12The Devil Inside$843102%17-8$50$53,203,5209Paramount
13Haywire$806-14%32-5$25$18,856,8107Relativity Media
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$655-9%0-4--$303,87711FilmDistrict
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$130-66%25-10$5$1,151,8164UTV Communications