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 Fri, Aug. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$13,931,400--3,745--$3,720$13,931,4001Universal
2The Campaign$10,177,051--3,205--$3,175$10,177,0511Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$5,600,19956%3,690-552$1,518$376,209,0184Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$4,635,819112%2,361--$1,963$9,088,8761Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,863,27264%3,40110$842$25,217,2802Fox
6Total Recall (2012)$2,450,95319%3,6010$681$38,539,3452Sony / Columbia
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,008,39556%3,103-439$647$139,322,4475Fox
8Ted (2012)$993,59548%2,208-559$450$207,618,5057Universal
9Step Up Revolution$961,66325%1,898-708$507$28,276,4253Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$689,097-8%2,463-705$280$29,863,7253Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$629,4169%1,585-840$397$253,972,8586Sony / Columbia
12Brave$538,2848%1,259-851$428$225,981,1508Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$400,84127%800--$501$1,383,2991ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$207,91162%286-32$727$6,645,1847Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$178,2269%447-240$399$41,638,62412Focus
4Men in Black 3$151,496--295-31$514$177,192,92912Sony / Columbia
5Magic Mike$146,887-26%450-752$326$111,963,5057Warner Bros.
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$134,24529%306-198$439$211,399,00910Paramount / DreamWorks
7Ruby Sparks$126,549273%261197$485$924,0473Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$100,08856%1940$516$9,023,51912Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$99,60243%260-31$383$407,069,83721Lionsgate
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$87,79338%364-373$241$64,542,6577Lionsgate
11Snow White and the Huntsman$81,88576%273-36$300$154,106,59511Universal
12Savages$68,370-22%318-386$215$46,631,6356Universal
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$48,58414%184-46$264$45,255,87915Fox Searchlight
14Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$42,30640%202-75$209$24,976,3356Paramount
15Prometheus$30,85818%141-57$219$125,968,11910Fox
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$26,17543%130-35$201$37,115,1258Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$75,56514%520$1,453$7,164,26817Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$22,78626%330$690$20,430,49271Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$17,377-7%73-48$238$3,559,82610FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$6,826-47%45-87$152$79,695,09814Warner Bros.
5Rock of Ages$6,574-35%57-88$115$38,495,9269Warner Bros. / New Line
6Easy Money (2012)$4,80359%71$686$129,9385Weinstein Company
7For Greater Glory$1,121-58%10-24$112$5,666,16611ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$908-58%12-2$76$282,74911GKIDS
9Mirror Mirror$416-97%456$9$64,932,79120Relativity Media
10Soldiers of Fortune$124-96%2-48$62$38,3252Roadside Attractions