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, Jun. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$5,565,1754%3,773--$1,475$67,159,4001Universal
2Men in Black 3$3,145,96115%4,2480$741$116,952,5832Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$2,221,7139%3,670-248$605$557,214,4865Disney
4The Dictator$669,73219%2,649-365$253$52,043,2623Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$669,33423%1,29461$517$26,594,6825Fox Searchlight
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$669,18328%2,907-114$230$31,895,3543Lionsgate
7Battleship$566,9259%3,144-558$180$56,490,8303Universal
8Chernobyl Diaries$464,23711%2,4330$191$15,380,9352Warner Bros.
9Dark Shadows$458,13012%3,002-402$153$71,543,2344Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$219,2965%1,099-322$200$398,768,97911Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$193,3017%757--$255$2,259,5411ARC Entertainment
2Think Like a Man$72,4288%509-277$142$89,852,9207Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$66,9606%585-299$114$28,690,7896Sony / Columbia
4Mirror Mirror$61,45828%357-65$172$63,021,12610Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$55,12517%315-75$175$211,588,23514Universal
6Rowdy Rathore$49,52784%120--$413$458,1921UTV Communications
7Crooked Arrows$42,707-26%327260$131$1,255,3973Branded/Peck Films
8The Lucky One (2012)$40,49111%404-211$100$59,045,9957Warner Bros.
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$32,34268%155-20$209$103,397,76117Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Three Stooges$30,9928%285-40$109$42,806,5108Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$24,00522%218-56$110$28,328,2256Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$22,95010%205-50$112$83,265,61610Warner Bros.
13The Cabin in the Woods$17,1636%136-67$126$41,197,6558Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$15,36411%17563$88$16,970,0246Lionsgate
15High School$12,986-1%200--$65$109,7041Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$116,209-2%1612$7,263$1,972,1462Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$53,6502%500$1,073$2,886,9667Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Piranha 3DD$37,97774%86--$442$242,0251Weinstein Company
4The Intouchables$36,2858%5046$726$558,5542Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$18,17011%33-1$551$19,258,76961Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bully (2012)$15,564-3%88-16$177$3,420,90210Weinstein Company
7Titanic 3D$6,062-8%5210$117$57,872,0559Paramount
8The Artist$5,73928%8767$66$44,625,56828Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$5,0852%60-27$85$9,035,17813CBS Films
10Sound of My Voice$3,953-3%486$82$369,5686Fox Searchlight
11Girl in Progress$3,62815%50-93$73$2,518,6694Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Raven$3,2791%61-50$54$15,797,6406Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$571147%19-20$30$70,011,87515Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$57033%8--$71$7,246,72913Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$24234%5-2$48$49,876,01120Fox
16Undefeated$172-17%60$29$561,43416Weinstein Company