Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.16M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $23.76M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $15.85MApril 20, 2015 12:38 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $29.16 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 51 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was respectable, especially when taking into account the size of the film's grosses thus far and the added presence of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended in the marketplace. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $294.51 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.49 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. Furious 7 is currently running a very impressive 45 percent ahead of the $202.81 million 17-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and a slim 3 percent behind the $302.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 debuted in a not-so-distant second place with $23.76 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel debuted in line with expectations. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 25 percent below the $31.83 million debut of 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but the sequel had been widely expected to open below its predecessor due in part to the six-year gap in between films. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 18 percent ahead of the $20.07 million start of 2011's Zookeeper. The solid opening weekend performance is good news for James, who will appear in Sony's upcoming Pixels this July.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened with $7.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 38 percent on Saturday to gross $10.09 million and is declined 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.38 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio was 3.26 to 1, which is evidence of the film's appeal with family audiences. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did receive a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. While the film is highly unlikely to match the strong holding power of its predecessor, it will still have a solid chance of holding up well in the weeks ahead due in part to facing a limited amount of competition for family audiences (outside of Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Universal's Unfriended debuted in third with $15.85 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. While Unfriended was unable to break out to the degree its high level of online activity had suggested; the film still performed well this weekend with its small price tag in mind. The potential for Unfriended may have also been limited a bit by its R rating. Unfriended opened 20 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $5.99 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to take in $3.03 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.32 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with $10.61 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 43 percent from last weekend, as the film took a bit of a hit from the new competition from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. While it has been relatively front-loaded for a computer animated film, Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 24-day take of $142.92 million. That places the film just ahead of the $142.44 million 24-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 46 percent from last weekend's debut. That represented a respectable second weekend hold, especially given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.68 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 35 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in eighth place with $4.58 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label opened on the low end of its modest expectations. Despite receiving the widest launch ever for a Disneynature film (2,012 locations); Monkey Kingdom delivered the softest opening weekend performance to date for Disneynature. Monkey Kingdom opened 4 percent below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to take in $1.66 million and declined 18 percent on Sunday to gross $1.36 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.95 to 1. Monkey Kingdom will likely hold up well during the week, thanks in part to a promising A- CinemaScore, the past midweek strength of Disneynature films and from Earth Day falling on Wednesday.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Jul. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$75,754,897--4,404--$17,201$75,754,8971Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,757,12346%3,8865$1,739$75,180,4292Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$3,447,3171%3,753-565$919$221,171,6313Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$3,246,14045%3,214-89$1,010$173,665,9554Universal
5Brave$1,936,19726%2,899-493$668$204,685,3835Disney
6Magic Mike$1,634,39021%2,606-484$627$99,309,4174Warner Bros.
7Savages$1,016,16021%2,336-299$435$37,672,3553Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$713,06034%1,540-464$463$58,749,6084Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$457,077-16%1,261-1024$362$206,732,3327Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$403,308-35%1,123-1609$359$21,867,5203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$557,18550%895-29$623$34,813,6739Focus
2Dark Shadows$406,1341070%412173$986$77,817,29411Warner Bros.
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$216,656144%12948$1,680$2,308,3554Fox Searchlight
4Marvel's The Avengers$190,08810%495-252$384$614,628,10212Disney
5Snow White and the Huntsman$126,79010%409-268$310$152,288,7008Universal
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$118,29931%288-54$411$43,554,27912Fox Searchlight
7Rock of Ages$93,573246%32267$291$37,777,0636Warner Bros. / New Line
8Prometheus$90,864-4%312-247$291$124,893,9587Fox
9Men in Black 3$80,532-15%266-231$303$175,296,9959Sony / Columbia
10The Hunger Games$55,69623%190-22$293$405,101,17018Lionsgate
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$51,630-34%266-389$194$36,352,6515Fox
12Safety Not Guaranteed$42,77428%124-58$345$2,826,3037FilmDistrict
13The Pirates! Band of Misfits$37,575--189-43$199$30,647,57813Sony / Columbia
14Battleship$36,12013%172-56$210$64,906,73010Universal
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$36,07236%192-29$188$40,876,80510Lionsgate
16Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,730-3%167-1$190$213,895,23021Universal
17The Dictator$14,153-6%105-56$135$59,583,42510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$83,75061%918$920$6,842,9059Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$66,8994%520$1,287$5,848,15914Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$25,19962%330$764$20,044,01868Warner Bros. / IMAX
4That's My Boy$23,951--84-88$285$36,883,0986Sony / Columbia
5Bol Bachchan$18,971--46-52$412$1,104,4733Fox International Pictures
6The Three Stooges$17,38528%53-19$328$44,124,25215Fox
7Mirror Mirror$9,599-20%59-32$163$64,810,29117Relativity Media
8For Greater Glory$5,821-38%33-9$176$5,541,1218ARC Entertainment
9Easy Money (2012)$3,80462%20$1,902$41,1902Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$2,93846%180$163$220,7058GKIDS
1130 Beats$2,916--15--$194$2,9161Roadside Attractions
12The Obama Effect$2,258-6%21-4$108$99,0972ARC Entertainment