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 Sun, Sep. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$5,326,620-16%2,816--$1,892$17,732,4801Lionsgate
2Lawless$3,755,1618%2,888--$1,300$12,144,4291Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$3,477,9524%3,334-21$1,043$66,389,2863Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$2,786,5905%3,131-523$890$96,231,0504Universal
5ParaNorman$2,595,3802%3,085-370$841$38,052,0063Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$2,453,2689%2,187-419$1,122$431,430,2857Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,443,2191%2,63537$927$36,154,0123Disney
8The Campaign$2,289,58913%2,941-361$779$73,284,8984Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$1,746,620-2%2,44139$716$52,053,6044Sony / Columbia
10Premium Rush$1,506,2114%2,2550$668$12,326,5092Sony / Columbia
11Hit and Run$1,000,0038%2,8700$348$10,055,8462Open Road
12Marvel's The Avengers$839,40122%1,705--$492$619,760,59418Disney
13Sparkle (2012)$609,244-15%1,257-987$485$21,706,6213Sony / TriStar
14Brave$599,6369%1,7081256$351$231,801,17911Disney
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$571,1734%1,204-761$474$45,186,3265Fox
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$521,8823%1,036-514$504$155,635,4428Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$152,995-8%2,160--$71$669,4891Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$358,0382%50183$715$259,524,8339Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$332,1784%756-820$439$56,738,1515Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$325,38013%561-222$580$215,975,55010Universal
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$247,112-1%505131$489$214,539,65813Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Apparition$221,977-5%8100$274$4,251,1212Warner Bros.
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$202,6061%26755$759$9,618,10610Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$146,415-4%175-19$837$11,016,63315Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$135,3247%197-135$687$44,205,43815Focus
9Step Up Revolution$103,312-13%236-192$438$34,170,9086Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$91,4447%195-55$469$33,762,4066Fox
11Men in Black 3$73,686-1%186-46$396$178,792,77015Sony / Columbia
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$67,419-9%17973$377$65,254,18310Lionsgate
13Magic Mike$56,224-1%268-87$210$113,390,93010Warner Bros.
14Snow White and the Huntsman$37,180-12%143-51$260$155,081,78514Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$36,220-9%105-7$345$45,927,36418Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$20,208-19%145-44$139$407,981,65224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,38817%520$1,277$8,231,65520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2For A Good Time, Call...$51,6246%23--$2,245$143,9351Focus
3Joker$39,3046%74--$531$105,8651UTV Communications
4Ruby Sparks$32,495-8%78-57$417$2,269,6876Fox Searchlight
5Cosmopolis$32,1900%652$495$606,1373Entertainment One Films
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$19,9997%49-26$408$37,465,45211Fox
7Mugamoodi$19,0614%21--$908$56,6031UTV Communications
8Savages$18,86015%82-35$230$47,294,8409Universal
9Born to Be Wild 3D$18,0604%330$547$20,766,51574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Safety Not Guaranteed$16,41011%48-6$342$3,820,08313FilmDistrict
11Prometheus$16,069-9%55-36$292$126,376,36013Fox
12Little White Lies$15,291-10%129$1,274$80,3362MPI Media
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$5,285-14%31-99$170$3,340,8434ARC Entertainment
14The Day$2,975-35%12--$248$12,8441Anchor Bay Films
15A Cat In Paris$2,226-7%3-3$742$310,05514GKIDS
16Easy Money (2012)$8700%2-3$435$187,0768Weinstein Company