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 Wed, Sep. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$781,159-35%2,816--$277$23,061,3961Lionsgate
2Lawless$685,269-36%2,888323$237$16,777,9251Weinstein Company
32016: Obama's America$647,342-14%1,747--$371$22,120,3818Rocky Mountain Pictures
4The Expendables 2$517,571-34%3,334-21$155$70,119,6253Lionsgate
5Hope Springs (2012)$380,465-18%2,44139$156$54,344,3434Sony / Columbia
6The Bourne Legacy$375,720-33%3,131-359$120$99,252,4654Universal
7The Dark Knight Rises$362,170-28%2,187-419$166$434,176,9247Warner Bros.
8The Campaign$335,249-28%2,941-361$114$75,587,2564Warner Bros.
9ParaNorman$266,474-41%3,085-370$86$41,033,5773Focus
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$262,133-38%2,63537$99$39,125,8523Disney
11Premium Rush$258,410-36%2,2550$115$14,169,8402Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$202,320-28%2,8700$70$11,214,1682Open Road
13Sparkle (2012)$102,115-27%1,257-763$81$22,493,1313Sony / TriStar
14Marvel's The Avengers$87,197-28%1,705--$51$620,532,80718Disney
15Brave$72,622-33%1,7081256$43$232,611,43411Disney
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$50,622-47%1,036-175$49$156,298,6338Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$48,332-25%2,1600$22$948,0561Kenn Viselman Presents
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,901-50%1,204-343$37$45,903,1315Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Total Recall (2012)$59,302-27%756-570$78$57,097,3715Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$56,085-17%561-118$100$216,247,62010Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man$55,964-30%501133$112$259,946,7339Sony / Columbia
4The Apparition$46,494-28%8100$57$4,519,2632Warner Bros.
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$40,209-8%26735$151$9,872,19810Fox Searchlight
6The Intouchables$38,882-9%175-19$222$11,220,01915Weinstein Company
7Moonrise Kingdom$27,196-16%197-135$138$44,379,53615Focus
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$23,742-43%505131$47$214,837,61013Paramount / DreamWorks
9Magic Mike$18,331-6%268-87$68$113,464,95410Warner Bros.
10The Watch$13,956-11%195-55$72$33,834,9076Fox
11Step Up Revolution$13,746-50%236-192$58$34,278,5306Lionsgate / Summit
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$13,5604%105-1$129$45,984,08818Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$10,451-19%17973$58$65,327,88010Lionsgate
14Snow White and the Huntsman$7,865-8%143-51$55$155,128,26014Universal
15The Hunger Games$3,428-19%145-44$24$408,006,92224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$15,082-15%23--$656$219,5721Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$9,458-43%520$182$8,304,89720Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cosmopolis$8,84710%652$136$640,7103Entertainment One Films
4Ruby Sparks$6,873-14%78-41$88$2,310,8376Fox Searchlight
5Joker$5,433-41%74--$73$142,0671UTV Communications
6Savages$4,920-8%82-35$60$47,317,8009Universal
7Prometheus$4,397-14%55-36$80$126,396,28113Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,71913%330$113$20,788,93274Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$2,971-11%48-6$62$3,838,37613FilmDistrict
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$2,2351%49-26$46$37,477,80811Fox
11Mugamoodi$1,761-64%21--$84$75,3361UTV Communications
12The Day$993-28%120$83$18,0271Anchor Bay Films
13A Cat In Paris$6144%3-3$205$314,48814GKIDS
14Easy Money (2012)$145-69%2-3$73$188,0578Weinstein Company