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 Tue, May. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,342,5917%2,0150$666$63,066,0702Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$1,130,36037%2,936--$385$12,562,5051Universal
3The Lucky One (2012)$958,17740%3,17520$302$41,051,2452Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games$864,19620%3,572-180$242$373,605,1396Lionsgate
5Safe (2012)$832,93429%2,266--$368$9,369,9771Lionsgate
6The Raven$705,62120%2,203--$320$8,582,9411Relativity Media
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$605,20915%3,358--$180$12,268,0141Sony / Columbia
8The Cabin in the Woods$509,69324%2,639-172$193$35,704,3753Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$477,89920%1,5674$305$19,796,0822Disneynature
10American Reunion$333,55541%2,154-879$155$54,042,3154Universal
1121 Jump Street$303,62524%1,820-607$167$132,486,4477Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$276,61417%3,105-377$89$37,420,1433Fox
13Wrath of the Titans$194,03819%1,572-930$123$80,882,1685Warner Bros.
14Titanic 3D$184,73622%1,409-1106$131$56,616,7474Paramount
15Mirror Mirror$158,14410%2,017-921$78$59,171,9705Relativity Media
16Lockout$104,65622%1,259-1076$83$13,525,4203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$56,73828%2630$216$2,224,9495Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$51,46442%335-111$154$7,865,4998CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$48,56510%883-700$55$208,528,4659Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,0414%401-43$72$101,940,38612Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$18,99310%28556$67$69,717,79210Relativity Media
6Safe House$16,03017%229-72$70$125,885,58012Universal
7This Means War$14,15925%232-61$61$54,376,48911Fox
8A Thousand Words$11,25423%1691$67$18,091,4308Paramount
9Project X (2012)$8,1712%155-103$53$54,653,1989Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$6,55312%121-16$54$64,428,82413Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,8716%111-24$35$132,998,20520Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$37,18712%500$744$738,5542Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$18,16232%342$534$18,528,66056Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$7,2641%67-39$108$1,096,7273Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,7907%79-43$86$4,151,3057Paramount Vantage
5Blue Like Jazz$4,43917%46-80$97$559,9783Roadside Attractions
6The Artist$4,32313%50-36$86$44,219,00923Weinstein Company
7Friends With Kids$4,274115%53-30$81$7,161,2128Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$3,79611%5--$759$43,3431Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$3,52838%63-27$56$54,328,36413CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,41643%52-14$46$75,590,81219Fox
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,2594%27-5$84$43,435,39812Fox
12Coriolanus$1,772-3%140$127$710,88715Weinstein Company
13Red Tails$1,76445%23-16$77$49,851,17515Fox
14Touchback$1,72116%28-41$61$186,5213Anchor Bay Films
15Casa de mi Padre$1,717-4%36-22$48$5,815,8197Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Silent House (2012)$1,16450%22-37$53$12,752,8348Open Road
17W.E.$1,136129%10-5$114$577,66013Weinstein Company
18Undefeated$1,04434%203$52$521,47611Weinstein Company
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$91418%39-42$23$34,878,17610Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$654101%161$41$3,010,25614Roadside Attractions