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 Fri, Jun. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prometheus$21,466,267--3,396--$6,321$21,466,2671Fox
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$20,650,819--4,258--$4,850$20,650,8191Paramount / DreamWorks
3Snow White and the Huntsman$7,478,66584%3,7774$1,980$82,957,3502Universal
4Men in Black 3$4,332,83270%3,792-456$1,143$126,338,2063Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$3,336,92469%3,129-541$1,066$564,387,6496Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$940,41960%1,2984$725$28,713,9986Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$923,83760%2,087-820$443$33,959,2094Lionsgate
8The Dictator$713,81845%1,651-998$432$53,752,3584Paramount
9Battleship$693,67030%1,954-1190$355$58,237,4754Universal
10Dark Shadows$432,5910%1,550-1452$279$72,808,2245Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$281,835-21%1,180-1253$239$16,392,0963Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$318,93941%751-348$425$399,519,26112Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$249,50245%642-115$389$2,843,6992ARC Entertainment
3Mirror Mirror$116,36498%303-54$384$63,250,47011Relativity Media
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$111,655115%290-25$385$211,802,31015Universal
5The Lucky One (2012)$108,157177%402-2$269$59,230,0578Warner Bros.
6Think Like a Man$106,96165%287-222$373$90,086,5028Sony / Screen Gems
7The Three Stooges$80,999173%245-40$331$42,948,1679Fox
821 Jump Street$77,049--258-72$299$137,459,76813Sony / Columbia
9Crooked Arrows$62,10842%278-49$223$1,401,9454Branded/Peck Films
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$39,166-48%317-268$124$28,872,0607Sony / Columbia
11Rowdy Rathore$38,35673%100-20$384$549,6752UTV Communications
12The Five-Year Engagement$36,75082%175-43$210$28,405,3507Universal
13Wrath of the Titans$30,53647%150-55$204$83,337,21311Warner Bros.
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$28,27314%126-29$224$103,481,79318Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Cabin in the Woods$18,61626%113-23$165$41,246,3089Lionsgate
16Safe (2012)$15,45015%111-64$139$17,012,6387Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$466,252389%9680$4,857$2,637,5833Focus
2The Intouchables$102,726186%7727$1,334$732,1683Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$60,677-6%511$1,190$3,069,7598Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Safety Not Guaranteed$26,660--9--$2,962$26,6601FilmDistrict
5Born to Be Wild 3D$18,671-13%330$566$19,323,62262Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Piranha 3DD$13,416-23%78-8$172$291,8802Weinstein Company
7Bully (2012)$9,8110%31-57$316$3,456,75811Weinstein Company
8Lola Versus$8,932--4--$2,233$8,9321Fox Searchlight
9Girl in Progress$8,745157%577$153$2,534,3565Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Raven$5,539102%34-27$163$15,808,6777Relativity Media
11The Artist$4,256-27%36-51$118$44,640,67829Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$2,546-38%24-24$106$380,4777Fox Searchlight
13Cartas a Elena$1,974--12--$165$1,9741Freestyle Releasing
14High School$949-91%4-196$237$134,0442Anchor Bay Films
15Friends With Kids$618-7%5-3$124$7,248,68514Roadside Attractions