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 Thu, Jul. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$15,814,761-32%4,318--$3,663$75,017,5700Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$8,032,7200%3,239--$2,480$87,647,3451Universal
3Brave$4,999,227-22%3,966-198$1,261$154,356,9712Disney
4Magic Mike$4,558,74751%2,955--$1,543$57,186,7701Warner Bros.
5Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$3,101,947--2,730--$1,136$3,101,9470Paramount
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,119,737-32%2,161--$981$35,645,9551Lionsgate
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,833,354-22%3,715-205$494$188,384,4364Paramount / DreamWorks
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$596,971-28%2,407-701$248$32,106,3762Fox
9People Like Us$546,689-45%2,055--$266$6,996,3671Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$477,208-34%1,352-878$353$608,959,7609Disney
11Snow White and the Huntsman$443,070-33%1,641-1278$270$147,988,2105Universal
12Prometheus$428,794-33%1,252-1610$342$120,574,7744Fox
13Men in Black 3$345,541-20%1,013-1449$341$171,408,9766Sony / Columbia
14Rock of Ages$256,418-28%1,250-2220$205$36,335,2133Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$847,076-38%854459$992$22,261,7946Focus
2That's My Boy$195,4423%822-2208$238$35,479,1773Sony / Columbia
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$164,798-45%401-340$411$41,250,7829Fox Searchlight
4Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$81,217-40%621-1004$131$7,078,7382Focus
5The Hunger Games$71,577-12%278-136$257$404,066,65415Lionsgate
6Dark Shadows$67,909-8%36563$186$76,555,9718Warner Bros.
7Safety Not Guaranteed$43,693-50%108-21$405$1,917,1064FilmDistrict
8Battleship$40,610-21%308-175$132$64,049,8457Universal
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$37,3350%202-32$185$213,361,71518Universal
10Mirror Mirror$25,296-1%166-56$152$64,591,48014Relativity Media
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$16,8471%203-208$83$40,212,2897Lionsgate
12The Cabin in the Woods$15,57718%149-47$105$42,000,26412Lionsgate
13The Dictator$15,3720%130-186$118$59,166,6707Paramount
14The Three Stooges$14,292-4%117-37$122$43,862,06212Fox
15The Lucky One (2012)$12,4983%115-87$109$60,350,81011Warner Bros.
16Chernobyl Diaries$10,33421%145-95$71$18,066,9906Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$73,6552%520$1,416$4,820,44311Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$48,260-50%68-6$710$2,823,0926Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$35,343-41%73$5,049$369,7891Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$18,98715%330$575$19,778,58665Warner Bros. / IMAX
5For Greater Glory$9,408-53%43-117$219$5,367,1535ARC Entertainment
6The Raven$4,932-3%78-55$63$16,002,71910Relativity Media
7Lola Versus$2,559-24%30-20$85$251,1064Fox Searchlight
8Crooked Arrows$2,15017%13--$165$1,812,6587Branded/Peck Films
9Rowdy Rathore$218-23%2--$109$777,3735UTV Communications