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 Sat, Mar. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$24,738,87333%4,1370$5,980$233,324,2712Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$12,718,6603%3,545--$3,588$25,034,9241Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$7,592,30131%3,603--$2,107$13,400,7271Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$6,272,86936%3,14827$1,993$88,925,1693Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,541,44571%3,264-413$1,085$187,161,8855Universal
6John Carter$891,82364%2,397-815$372$65,640,9964Disney
7Act of Valor$444,99153%1,239-980$359$67,479,7686Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$428,24978%1,007-780$425$16,274,6494Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$592,30772%483359$1,226$2,833,9774CBS Films
2Safe House$368,16571%729-601$505$123,684,9508Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$361,03868%908-432$398$98,221,7278Warner Bros. / New Line
4Project X (2012)$336,40626%903-1162$373$53,151,1955Warner Bros.
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$309,78262%513259$604$2,515,5243Paramount Vantage
6Casa de mi Padre$231,45842%439-36$527$4,816,1913Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Friends With Kids$213,72261%308-250$694$6,212,0794Roadside Attractions
8This Means War$183,73629%575-613$320$52,985,2487Fox
9The Vow$149,43043%514-744$291$123,397,4348Sony / Screen Gems
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$137,43767%380-131$362$50,667,7177Sony / Columbia
11The Artist$131,44081%315-261$417$43,471,00319Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$126,82573%321-300$395$34,332,0966Lionsgate
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$92,22463%222-26$415$132,292,44516Fox
14Silent House (2012)$82,19744%325-877$253$12,335,0354Open Road
15The Iron Lady$78,39950%284-43$276$29,363,36914Weinstein Company
16The Woman in Black$72,02055%179-1$402$53,911,4469CBS Films
17Hugo$57,23971%174-109$329$73,649,36319Paramount
18Chronicle$56,37447%198-94$285$63,719,8419Fox
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$49,21950%150-50$328$209,214,49916Paramount
20We Bought a Zoo$46,70741%136-19$343$75,251,13015Fox
21Big Miracle$40,82537%170-54$240$20,088,4809Universal
22The Descendants$40,81058%118-81$346$82,415,38420Fox Searchlight
23Wanderlust$34,78554%116-119$300$17,238,8556Universal
24The Grey$26,36456%2040$129$51,457,06610Open Road
25Red Tails$22,4101%101-30$222$49,688,12111Fox
26One For the Money$15,91932%102-49$156$26,361,14810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$45,68450%5--$9,137$76,1691Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$40,11523%400$1,003$17,633,14852Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$20,12891%40-33$503$468,4285Focus
4Gone$16,97435%61-122$278$11,582,1966Summit
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$16,77233%55-31$305$186,822,25216Warner Bros.
6Undefeated$12,81031%16-1$801$415,1447Weinstein Company
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$11,676122%30-44$389$43,264,3538Fox
8Albert Nobbs$9,41972%29-15$325$2,926,99310Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,23961%213$392$485,0039Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$8,04067%16-3$503$594,25011Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$3,67394%12-32$306$14,595,71819Weinstein Company
12Seeking Justice$1,852123%8-66$232$409,6323Anchor Bay Films