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 starring Kevin James 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 general 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 Sat, Jun. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$13,347,08833%4,2635$3,131$108,330,0342Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$7,787,72635%3,44246$2,263$82,206,9132Fox
3Rock of Ages$5,468,7183%3,470--$1,576$10,762,8591Warner Bros. / New Line
4Snow White and the Huntsman$5,291,20030%3,701-76$1,430$118,158,1153Universal
5That's My Boy$4,700,6353%3,030--$1,551$9,252,7751Sony / Columbia
6Men in Black 3$3,805,61239%3,135-657$1,214$149,223,3384Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$3,292,98549%2,582-547$1,275$583,388,0447Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$957,93752%1,184-114$809$34,523,5017Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$507,69420%1,216-871$418$38,367,8535Lionsgate
10The Dictator$453,05031%1,119-532$405$57,368,4735Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$921,45951%17882$5,177$6,135,0884Focus
2Battleship$480,42044%942-1012$510$61,718,5005Universal
3The Hunger Games$338,00236%593-158$570$401,499,51713Lionsgate
4Dark Shadows$254,57635%680-870$374$74,976,2656Warner Bros.
5For Greater Glory$186,75948%380-262$491$4,310,4923ARC Entertainment
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$103,87519%277-13$375$212,421,00016Universal
7Mirror Mirror$94,85320%278-25$341$63,853,73812Relativity Media
8Think Like a Man$85,54530%208-79$411$90,627,2779Sony / Screen Gems
9The Lucky One (2012)$82,4005%350-52$235$59,838,0039Warner Bros.
10The Three Stooges$79,12725%201-44$394$43,380,69710Fox
1121 Jump Street$77,24328%220-38$351$137,928,30114Sony / Columbia
12Chernobyl Diaries$74,66032%255-925$293$17,591,6064Warner Bros.
13The Cabin in the Woods$67,00026%224111$299$41,454,25210Lionsgate
14Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$55,3484%157--$353$108,6411Indomina Media
15The Five-Year Engagement$41,22537%168-7$245$28,623,7208Universal
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$34,66531%149-168$233$29,110,0578Sony / Columbia
17Wrath of the Titans$29,37334%105-45$280$83,524,11512Warner Bros.
18Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$26,97123%108-18$250$103,666,41519Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$156,47674%770$2,032$1,442,1994Weinstein Company
2Safety Not Guaranteed$123,50353%4738$2,628$347,4832FilmDistrict
3To the Arctic 3D$65,050-10%510$1,275$3,554,7349Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Lola Versus$25,03939%5248$482$89,2652Fox Searchlight
5Crooked Arrows$20,03919%97-181$207$1,711,2015Branded/Peck Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$18,962-8%330$575$19,463,48563Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Piranha 3DD$18,29458%11-67$1,663$369,6943Weinstein Company
8Rowdy Rathore$16,48484%32-68$515$732,6313UTV Communications
9Safe (2012)$14,67858%76-35$193$17,108,4848Lionsgate
10Girl in Progress$7,77930%41-16$190$2,589,2846Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Raven$4,69616%29-5$162$15,836,6938Relativity Media
12Sound of My Voice$2,96022%13-11$228$397,2878Fox Searchlight
13The Artist$2,82652%21-15$135$44,664,80930Weinstein Company
14Bully (2012)$1,05114%14-17$75$3,482,94212Weinstein Company