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 Mon, Mar. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,426,660-70%3,74617$915$125,151,5102Universal
2John Carter$2,534,120-68%3,749--$676$32,714,3081Disney
3Project X (2012)$1,188,192-56%3,0550$389$40,905,2902Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$671,029-64%2,951-102$227$56,763,5033Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$525,364-66%1,890--$278$6,701,6441Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$488,013-63%2,124--$230$7,149,2471Open Road
7Safe House$451,300-63%2,144-409$210$116,056,6255Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$421,076-60%2,525-535$167$91,063,0755Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$357,593-59%2,478-348$144$117,813,8245Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$346,527-59%1,949-393$178$47,241,9374Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$236,674-67%1,516-616$156$30,683,1273Lionsgate
12Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$193,415-64%1,804-683$107$48,258,6854Sony / Columbia
13The Artist$188,372-64%1,505-251$125$40,423,30516Weinstein Company
14Wanderlust$164,090-59%1,220-782$135$15,681,8553Universal
15Gone$79,567-57%1,144-1042$70$10,806,6373Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$161,531-68%369--$438$2,180,6141Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$100,320-58%595-459$169$62,367,7616Fox
3The Descendants$56,184-66%517-177$109$81,510,80817Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$55,606-62%447-64$124$27,987,39711Weinstein Company
5Hugo$54,712-68%313-93$175$72,323,83116Paramount
6The Woman in Black$49,764-55%433-379$115$53,081,0476CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$46,122-67%501-930$92$17,619,0874Disney
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$39,919-51%287-27$139$131,227,44413Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$35,254-56%229122$154$208,429,80813Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$28,755-73%258-473$111$42,874,5095Fox
11We Bought a Zoo$22,601-55%228-38$99$74,692,47812Fox
12The Adventures of Tintin$20,571-54%153-62$134$77,405,23812Paramount
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$16,052-61%109-17$147$23,938,19614Focus
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$15,162-58%208-58$73$186,538,52813Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$14,280-61%238-121$60$19,609,0456Universal
16The Grey$13,085-64%151-157$87$50,973,1267Open Road
17Red Tails$10,440-65%178-71$59$49,353,6288Fox
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,433-64%202-101$52$31,721,52612Warner Bros.
19My Week with Marilyn$8,978-62%1200$75$14,495,28116Weinstein Company
20Contraband$8,925-63%119-29$75$66,498,3509Universal
21Joyful Noise$5,013-69%103-99$49$30,872,7199Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$22,651-31%400$566$17,030,43149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$18,890-69%18--$1,049$244,7841CBS Films
3Albert Nobbs$6,267-43%45-23$139$2,797,6757Roadside Attractions
4Undefeated$5,581-67%130$429$259,9694Weinstein Company
5Haywire$5,468-53%8250$67$18,903,6478Relativity Media
6Coriolanus$5,323-62%195$280$480,1138Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$4,087-66%128$341$107,0732Focus
8W.E.$3,902-65%245$163$388,8646Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,999-53%196$158$761,09811Focus
10One For the Money$2,967-66%64-53$46$26,122,7357Lionsgate
11Shame$2,523-55%20-2$126$3,898,62415Fox Searchlight
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$866-69%10-16$87$172,6423UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$225-90%5-5$45$34,1382UTV Communications
14The Devil Inside$162-60%10-7$16$53,205,92110Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$150-60%4-21$38$1,153,5105UTV Communications