Grosses

'Furious 7' Holds First with Another $8.3M on Friday; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Earns Solid $7.3M; 'Unfriended' Opens Well at $6.8M; 'Monkey Kingdom' Nabs $1.55MApril 18, 2015 03:10 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Universal reports that Furious 7 once again held first place on Friday with an estimated $8.3 million, down 56 percent from last Friday. That brings the well-received blockbuster sequel's domestic total up to $273.65 million through 15 days of release, just 3 percent behind where The Hunger Games stood at the same point in its release during the same time of year in 2012. The studio projects a very strong $25.5 million third frame.

Opening in second place yesterday, Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 bowed to $7.3 million, giving Kevin James his best opening day as the leading man in five years. The sequel to 2009's surprise hit comedy was off 25 percent from its predecessor's first day take and is expected by the studio to land around $22 million for its opening weekend. Unfortunately, early reviews score a flat 0 percent out of 37 critic entries on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience score sits at just 58 percent. Given the target audience, however, the film is expected to play somewhat better with families than the Internet crowd, but don't expect long legs for this entry as with the first pic. Overall, with a $30 million production budget, this is certainly a successful opening.

Universal's Unfriended took in $6.8 million in its first day yesterday. By comparison, last year's Oculus took in $4.97 million on its first day. The horror-suspense aimed at teens and young adults had been the recipient of big social media buzz for the past few months (mainly Facebook), but that hype peaked a bit too soon and prevented a larger breakout. At 66 percent, critics are favoring the film slightly more than audiences (56 percent). That said, this debut still bests studio expectations and should be considered a success for the low-budget pic.  Universal is projecting a $16.2 million opening weekend.

Home claimed fourth place yesterday with another $2.425 million, off over 56 percent from last week. The DreamWorks hit animation has tallied $134.7 million to date and is projected to earn $10.4 million this weekend.

In fifth place, The Longest Ride dropped 56.5 percent from opening day last week to $2.4 million yesterday. With $19.1 million in the bank through eight days of release, the film is pacing nearly 32 percent ahead of fellow Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. Look for a $7.5 million sophomore frame.

Also opening this weekend, DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom pulled $1.55 million yesterday. While that's down from Bears' $2.3 million first day last year, this is the first DisneyNature release to receive a standard Friday opening while also lacking the aid of Good Friday-boosted grosses. That said, opening weekend should land around $4.7 million. Early reviews are enthusiastic with a 93 percent critics' score, and a modest 72 percent audience score.

Meanwhile, opening in semi-limited release this weekend was True Story, a dramatic feature starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. The pic earned $685,000 from 831 locations on opening day, making for an $824 per-screen average. For the weekend, the film could bring in around $1.9 million.

Also opening in limited release, Child 44 brought in $0.23 million from 510 locations yesterday, giving it a $443 per-theater average. BoxOffice projects a $0.7 million opening frame for the under-the-radar flick led by Tom Hardy.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Jun. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$17,096,727-24%4,258--$4,015$60,316,7381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$13,563,254-15%3,396--$3,994$51,050,1011Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$6,666,405-25%3,7774$1,765$98,537,4752Universal
4Men in Black 3$3,933,246-30%3,792-456$1,037$135,901,0943Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$3,365,949-26%3,129-541$1,076$572,300,4636Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$938,582-32%1,2984$723$31,040,7356Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$755,960-32%2,087-820$362$35,823,5984Lionsgate
8The Dictator$679,265-20%1,651-998$411$55,281,1034Paramount
9Battleship$664,360-28%1,954-1190$340$59,820,2154Universal
10Dark Shadows$392,662-33%1,550-1452$253$73,785,8405Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$239,152-23%1,180-1253$203$16,942,6853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$362,73615%642-115$565$3,522,5182ARC Entertainment
2The Hunger Games$322,261-25%751-348$429$400,272,53512Lionsgate
3The Lucky One (2012)$99,495-33%402-2$248$59,477,8128Warner Bros.
4Think Like a Man$95,086-28%287-222$331$90,313,4228Sony / Screen Gems
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$85,550-39%290-25$295$212,028,51015Universal
6Mirror Mirror$77,081-48%303-54$254$63,477,02711Relativity Media
721 Jump Street$73,282-28%258-72$284$137,634,84913Sony / Columbia
8The Three Stooges$67,547-37%245-40$276$43,122,9729Fox
9Crooked Arrows$67,518-24%278-49$243$1,557,8984Branded/Peck Films
10Rowdy Rathore$42,174-33%100-20$422$654,3522UTV Communications
11The Pirates! Band of Misfits$41,408-29%317-268$131$28,971,7057Sony / Columbia
12Wrath of the Titans$33,673-17%150-55$224$83,411,36111Warner Bros.
13The Five-Year Engagement$31,500-41%175-43$180$28,490,2257Universal
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,558-18%126-29$235$103,547,48318Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Cabin in the Woods$18,887-25%113-23$167$41,290,3059Lionsgate
16Safe (2012)$18,854-6%111-64$170$17,051,4687Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$456,194-28%9680$4,752$3,731,0013Focus
2The Intouchables$117,493-29%7727$1,526$1,014,6103Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$45,777-29%511$898$3,180,1658Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Safety Not Guaranteed$28,668-32%9--$3,185$97,7621FilmDistrict
5Born to Be Wild 3D$12,933-27%330$392$19,354,15162Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Girl in Progress$10,626-4%577$186$2,556,0845Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Piranha 3DD$8,694-41%78-8$111$315,3742Weinstein Company
8Lola Versus$8,618-40%4--$2,155$31,8151Fox Searchlight
9The Artist$4,065-30%36-51$113$44,650,53729Weinstein Company
10The Raven$3,209-41%34-27$94$15,817,3077Relativity Media
11Cartas a Elena$2,9667%12--$247$7,7111Freestyle Releasing
12Bully (2012)$2,789-29%31-57$90$3,463,48911Weinstein Company
13Sound of My Voice$2,620-23%24-24$109$386,4957Fox Searchlight
14High School$1,10017%4-196$275$136,0812Anchor Bay Films
15Friends With Kids$82643%5-3$165$7,250,08714Roadside Attractions