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 Thu, Aug. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$1,052,413-1%3,35539$314$57,358,9052Lionsgate
2Lawless$1,006,363-11%2,565--$392$2,142,4470Weinstein Company
3The Bourne Legacy$734,5050%3,490-263$210$88,998,4403Universal
4The Dark Knight Rises$668,2070%2,606-551$256$425,313,9506Warner Bros.
5ParaNorman$633,661-2%3,45526$183$31,479,1862Focus
6The Campaign$633,054-1%3,202-53$198$67,574,6643Warner Bros.
7Hope Springs (2012)$571,335-4%2,40241$238$47,356,5073Sony / Columbia
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$560,9660%2,5980$216$29,877,3582Disney
9Premium Rush$446,779-2%2,255--$198$8,355,1971Sony / Columbia
10Hit and Run$330,720-7%2,870172$115$7,469,3901Open Road
11Sparkle (2012)$259,168-1%2,020-224$128$19,926,8452Sony / TriStar
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$151,390-1%1,547-761$98$43,767,5884Fox
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$144,131-3%1,211-719$119$154,332,8147Fox
14Total Recall (2012)$137,4334%1,326-825$104$55,869,6254Sony / Columbia
15The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$123,02420%2,160--$57$225,5880Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$154,172-5%810--$190$3,618,8591Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$81,8050%679-339$120$215,164,9059Universal
3Brave$59,392-1%452-124$131$230,374,17710Disney
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$58,5647%2322$252$9,089,9399Fox Searchlight
5The Amazing Spider-Man$51,1302%368-174$139$258,600,0578Sony / Columbia
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$50,5290%374-32$135$213,909,44912Paramount / DreamWorks
7Moonrise Kingdom$48,0106%33250$145$43,863,06814Focus
8The Intouchables$45,2939%1940$233$10,636,80714Weinstein Company
9Magic Mike$36,3083%355100$102$113,232,8649Warner Bros.
10Step Up Revolution$31,903-2%428-477$75$33,882,3225Lionsgate / Summit
11The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$18,9355%106-14$179$45,827,99617Fox Searchlight
12Ruby Sparks$17,016-1%119-75$143$2,180,0905Fox Searchlight
13The Watch$16,0211%250-145$64$33,534,2005Fox
14Snow White and the Huntsman$14,5507%194-50$75$154,977,39513Universal
15Savages$11,70011%117-37$100$47,248,5058Universal
16The Hunger Games$9,6585%189-41$51$407,923,30923Lionsgate
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$5,52310%130-168$42$3,325,6893ARC Entertainment
18Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$3,6807%106-93$35$65,070,3989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$26,155-7%520$503$8,073,56619Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$15,137-4%6360$240$517,0082Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$9,9739%330$302$20,717,64473Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Prometheus$8,5450%91-10$94$126,330,51312Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$6,9946%540$130$3,780,39012FilmDistrict
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,7338%75-30$76$37,419,40010Fox
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$3,9913%66-74$60$25,326,0718Paramount
8The Day$1,312-7%12--$109$2,7240Anchor Bay Films
9Easy Money (2012)$1,102-12%50$220$184,7017Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$33020%6-1$55$304,41913GKIDS