Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Fourth Straight Race with $17.8M; 'Paul Blart 2' Holds Well with $14.8M; 'Age of Adaline' Takes Third with Solid $13.2M DebutApril 27, 2015 01:03 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $17.82 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 39 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.08 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with $14.78 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 38 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.22 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 2 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with $13.20 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline took in $4.96 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8.5 percent on Saturday to gross $5.39 million and declined 47 percent on Sunday to gross $2.86 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.66 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed $8.01 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 25 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.49 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with $6.16 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.08 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.35 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,263 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.83 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with $2.75 million. The modestly budgeted comedy drama from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,632 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.36 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $0.59 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.03 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, May. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$17,677,190-6%4,349--$4,065$244,014,8971Disney
2Think Like a Man$709,3589%2,010-5$353$74,498,6413Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$676,43044%2,9415$230$20,280,0052Universal
4The Lucky One (2012)$588,36540%3,005-170$196$48,782,4273Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$535,33126%2,794-778$192$381,574,6507Lionsgate
6Safe (2012)$377,15542%2,2715$166$13,723,0012Lionsgate
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$357,25631%3,3580$106$19,295,1182Sony / Columbia
8The Raven$343,94430%2,2096$156$12,784,2282Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$248,08030%1,531-36$162$23,540,2113Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$209,99518%1,669-970$126$38,406,4744Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$138,94135%1,040-780$134$134,257,3878Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$122,65530%2,174-931$56$39,885,7044Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$102,72050%856-1298$120$55,472,2805Universal
2Mirror Mirror$62,96234%922-1095$68$60,284,4836Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$51,99723%2630$198$2,632,1206Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$44,66721%333-1076$134$57,372,2235Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$42,82625%715-857$60$81,696,9196Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$33,8658%521-362$65$209,099,99010Universal
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,47325%247-88$136$8,285,5569CBS Films
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,95222%303-98$69$102,311,23813Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$15,5917%311-948$50$13,924,6004Open Road
10Safe House$11,37518%175-54$65$126,041,90013Universal
11Act of Valor$10,27318%193-92$53$69,843,76511Relativity Media
12This Means War$9,26914%171-61$54$54,501,36312Fox
13A Thousand Words$7,92616%140-29$57$18,200,5519Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,71827%143104$54$34,951,84011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$86,84110%27--$3,216$902,6231Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$44,03029%500$881$1,103,2863Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,29340%340$509$18,671,14257Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,05428%2823$252$116,1232Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$4,1278%6832$61$5,857,1638Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$3,60617%78-43$46$64,479,64414Fox
7Project X (2012)$3,588-4%72-83$50$54,704,94610Warner Bros.
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$3,43926%47-32$73$4,196,8838Paramount Vantage
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,68221%30-37$89$1,142,0694Code Black Entertainment
10Friends With Kids$2,42440%34-19$71$7,189,4929Roadside Attractions
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,0555%75-36$27$133,034,46521Fox
12The Artist$1,82616%41-9$45$44,246,26124Weinstein Company
13Coriolanus$1,488-5%184$83$730,72916Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$1,43550%20-26$72$580,4854Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$958-14%13-7$74$533,17012Weinstein Company
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8261%17-10$49$43,447,73113Fox
17W.E.$489100%6-4$82$582,80814Weinstein Company
18Touchback$486-9%12-16$41$198,2414Anchor Bay Films
19Red Tails$38434%12-11$32$49,859,07716Fox
20Albert Nobbs$2054%5-11$4$3,013,84515Roadside Attractions