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 Tue, Jun. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,032,28615%4,2635$1,180$128,419,1372Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$2,512,120-1%3,44246$730$94,430,2402Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$1,907,85010%3,701-76$515$125,711,8253Universal
4That's My Boy$1,904,116-5%3,030--$628$17,360,1171Sony / Columbia
5Rock of Ages$1,796,11213%3,470--$518$17,821,6621Warner Bros. / New Line
6Men in Black 3$1,356,52313%3,135-657$433$155,288,5614Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$1,163,9063%2,582-547$451$589,091,6167Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$411,77625%1,184-114$348$35,957,3387Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$219,05919%1,216-871$180$39,042,9805Lionsgate
10The Dictator$182,37715%1,119-532$163$58,018,1085Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$357,1307%17882$2,006$7,529,3874Focus
2The Hunger Games$146,9137%593-158$248$402,050,62613Lionsgate
3Battleship$131,880-3%942-1012$140$62,420,2905Universal
4Dark Shadows$91,37915%680-870$134$75,326,8786Warner Bros.
5For Greater Glory$76,0356%380-262$200$4,690,2563ARC Entertainment
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$56,78532%277-13$205$212,589,97016Universal
7Mirror Mirror$50,66735%278-25$182$64,003,46212Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$37,3677%350-52$107$59,962,9989Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$31,350-12%224111$140$41,574,17610Lionsgate
10Chernobyl Diaries$29,171-1%255-925$114$17,696,3424Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$26,37419%201-44$131$43,491,23510Fox
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,76946%108-18$165$103,722,67519Warner Bros. / New Line
13Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$17,252-25%157--$110$190,6551Indomina Media
14The Five-Year Engagement$15,19513%168-7$90$28,673,4058Universal
15Wrath of the Titans$12,1588%105-45$116$83,573,67712Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,90131%510$1,292$3,727,4569Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$49,1409%770$638$1,646,9484Weinstein Company
3Safety Not Guaranteed$38,994-4%4738$830$519,4862FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,61439%330$503$19,508,74063Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lola Versus$15,40958%5248$296$133,1302Fox Searchlight
6Crooked Arrows$9,699-15%98-180$99$1,752,1325Branded/Peck Films
7Rowdy Rathore$5,516110%32--$172$752,3113UTV Communications
8Safe (2012)$5,3293%76-35$70$17,130,5048Lionsgate
9Girl in Progress$3,78822%41-16$92$2,601,7716Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Bully (2012)$2,749-12%14-17$196$3,489,65712Weinstein Company
11Piranha 3DD$2,420258%11-67$220$374,0003Weinstein Company
12The Raven$2,27851%29-5$79$15,843,7818Relativity Media
13The Artist$1,2547%21-15$60$44,669,52030Weinstein Company
14Sound of My Voice$427-59%13-11$33$400,1878Fox Searchlight