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 Tue, Mar. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$10,348,198-4%4,137--$2,501$173,707,7331Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$2,203,24215%3,1210$706$74,342,9962Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,120,60011%3,677-92$305$179,543,8304Universal
4John Carter$512,30321%3,212-537$159$63,344,0153Disney
5Project X (2012)$237,44917%2,065-857$115$52,174,0574Warner Bros.
6Act of Valor$214,2219%2,219-546$97$66,331,6935Relativity Media
7A Thousand Words$190,33924%1,787-108$107$15,293,6633Paramount
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$143,00918%1,340-595$107$97,403,6187Warner Bros. / New Line
9Safe House$140,30517%1,330-590$105$122,842,3557Universal
10This Means War$102,75015%1,188-472$86$52,463,0126Fox
11The Vow$98,88421%1,258-917$79$122,957,1637Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$63,91310%1,202-922$53$12,084,7473Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$105,96550%558-82$190$5,696,3133Roadside Attractions
2Casa de mi Padre$101,108-2%47593$213$4,234,0842Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$75,69826%12462$610$1,764,4383CBS Films
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$69,02429%2540$272$1,896,5962Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$63,45537%576-579$110$43,147,76418Weinstein Company
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$47,8308%621-395$77$34,044,8455Lionsgate
7Hugo$36,22036%283-100$128$73,500,70618Paramount
8The Iron Lady$34,56324%327-129$106$29,162,42713Weinstein Company
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$33,19716%248-38$134$132,079,23015Fox
10Chronicle$25,19311%292-140$86$63,577,9988Fox
11Wanderlust$21,26565%235-463$90$17,149,8405Universal
12The Descendants$19,81331%199-148$100$82,313,63619Fox Searchlight
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$18,44011%200-29$92$209,100,10015Paramount
14We Bought a Zoo$17,11814%155-33$110$75,137,37714Fox
15The Grey$14,59815%204-15$72$51,386,3509Open Road
16Big Miracle$13,55010%224-12$60$19,992,1008Universal
17Red Tails$13,01656%131-21$99$49,621,98710Fox
18The Woman in Black$10,8596%180-125$60$53,770,3398CBS Films
19One For the Money$8,58021%15139$57$26,316,4879Lionsgate
20Gone$7,51446%183-293$41$11,539,9615Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$25,08635%400$627$17,504,41851Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$9,98639%73-15$137$420,0724Focus
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,05931%86-39$94$186,778,48715Warner Bros.
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,404-5%74-82$87$43,233,3007Fox
5Seeking Justice$4,35013%74-157$59$398,7802Anchor Bay Films
6Albert Nobbs$4,233-3%44-4$96$2,903,6649Roadside Attractions
7Undefeated$2,9940%17-4$176$384,9866Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$2,717-4%19-2$143$575,26110Weinstein Company
9My Week with Marilyn$2,53948%44-6$58$14,585,92718Weinstein Company
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,473-12%50-55$49$31,842,03114Warner Bros.
11W.E.$2,4017%18-2$133$466,6738Weinstein Company