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, Sep. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1House at the End of the Street$4,621,259--3,083--$1,499$4,621,2591Relativity Media
2End of Watch$4,603,191--2,730--$1,686$4,603,1911Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$4,171,545--3,212--$1,299$4,171,5451Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$2,407,552251%2,9040$829$22,941,5272Disney
5Dredd 3D$2,219,943--2,506--$886$2,219,9431Lionsgate
6Resident Evil: Retribution$1,959,21889%3,0164$650$28,726,9452Sony / Screen Gems
7The Possession$808,801154%2,598-262$311$43,458,4284Lionsgate
8Lawless$711,93474%2,614-449$272$32,902,8534Weinstein Company
9The Bourne Legacy$479,385121%1,431-739$335$109,272,0857Universal
10ParaNorman$465,726204%1,617-709$288$50,702,8246Focus
11The Expendables 2$399,14655%1,820-1076$219$81,961,0986Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$381,342164%1,752-663$218$47,494,0806Disney
13The Campaign$376,34885%1,250-752$301$84,157,4137Warner Bros.
142016: Obama's America$287,950--1,216--$237$31,373,02711Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Hope Springs (2012)$257,27137%1,147-799$224$61,555,4267Sony / Columbia
16The Words$228,880-5%1,247-1554$184$10,473,4513CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$177,836--1,064--$167$2,380,8362Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,397,3782153%788783$1,773$2,453,2612Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$347,83292%948-633$367$442,205,70210Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$326,812144%24447$1,339$2,995,3192Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$166,702213%130-2$1,282$1,500,9702UTV Communications
5Heroine$142,463--114--$1,250$142,4631UTV Communications
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$121,002385%420-121$288$158,142,18011Fox
7Premium Rush$108,97212%567-772$192$19,411,7365Sony / Columbia
8Total Recall (2012)$83,762--32219$260$58,264,9278Sony / Columbia
9Ted (2012)$71,78584%293-118$245$217,666,03013Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$69,183359%374-217$185$47,517,5828Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$68,191--253-75$270$261,292,41612Sony / Columbia
12Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$50,489224%240-66$210$215,723,28116Paramount / DreamWorks
13For A Good Time, Call...$48,97278%105-2$466$986,0464Focus
14The Intouchables$46,81547%156-24$300$12,118,37318Weinstein Company
15Hit and Run$41,23328%291-360$142$13,512,0745Open Road
16Moonrise Kingdom$39,35465%120-37$328$45,073,09818Focus
17Step Up Revolution$36,195149%182-86$199$34,855,7869Lionsgate / Summit
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,02219%132-80$250$10,812,24813Fox Searchlight
19Sparkle (2012)$32,505--206-288$158$24,165,9576Sony / TriStar
20The Cold Light of Day$19,817-73%155-1356$128$3,651,6683Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$84,916--4--$21,229$84,9161Lionsgate / Summit
2My Uncle Rafael$35,361--14--$2,526$35,3611Rocky Mountain Pictures
310 Years$25,9481371%4340$603$57,0052Anchor Bay Films
4To the Arctic 3D$20,00588%520$385$8,593,60823Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$19,740-48%85-237$232$2,999,9293Paramount
6The Watch$14,87661%77-61$193$34,194,5149Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,65329%47-33$248$46,233,32921Fox Searchlight
8Magic Mike$7,77123%55-60$141$113,697,20613Warner Bros.
9Safety Not Guaranteed$6,46747%40-6$162$3,944,38216FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$6,128174%330$186$20,870,56277Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Ruby Sparks$6,1006%43-27$142$2,464,5439Fox Searchlight
12The Apparition$3,4254%35-33$98$4,852,5325Warner Bros.
13Toys in the Attic$1,820--6--$303$44,0113Hannover House
14Husbands In Goa$1,106--7--$158$1,1061UTV Communications
15Cosmopolis$842-64%9-22$94$755,7566Entertainment One Films
16Mugamoodi$576365%1-2$576$100,1404UTV Communications
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$478145%70$68$3,369,7207ARC Entertainment
18Branded$123-94%2-78$62$352,9923Roadside Attractions