'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 Thu, Oct. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$2,508,353-10%3,661--$685$64,258,8521Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,104,5437%3,3523$330$84,892,6172Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$1,011,0507%2,7702435$365$26,748,4632Universal
4Looper$933,620-6%2,9931$312$45,142,4252Sony / TriStar
6End of Watch$360,012-10%2,370-410$152$34,672,1753Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$303,257-10%3,003-209$101$31,218,1093Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$210,625-3%2,720-363$77$28,686,0043Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$120,9138%1,746-893$69$39,727,2304Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$103,360-5%1,361-1020$76$41,512,1264Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$100,3010%2,5172$40$4,959,9832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$136,7996%221119$619$3,985,4453Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$133,046-20%8648$154$13,096,9084Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$68,231-5%575-80$119$445,688,59712Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$68,014-7%831-1726$82$13,049,6963Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$42,601-25%244-12$175$6,309,8894Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$35,928-8%821-797$44$48,571,0246Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$31,2950%482-342$65$112,422,2809Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$26,0947%534-653$49$50,325,0558Disney
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$22,94328%300-87$76$159,589,21013Fox
10Lawless$18,421-13%611-892$30$37,096,4536Weinstein Company
11Ted (2012)$17,7655%187-38$95$218,416,14515Universal
12The Campaign$14,388-15%303-327$47$86,338,5639Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$12,04124%257-75$47$48,318,56510Fox
15The Expendables 2$11,573-23%313-502$37$84,435,9908Lionsgate
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,68827%155-48$63$216,280,10818Paramount / DreamWorks
17Barfi!$7,031-33%110-17$64$2,741,9394UTV Communications

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,53636%520$356$9,034,46525Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$11,012-13%84-37$131$12,695,31120Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$6,80514%9210$74$45,415,64820Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,14919%51-18$121$11,127,01115Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,59428%330$139$21,002,28179Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,95241%12--$329$43,9281Roadside Attractions
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,095-39%18-14$116$46,355,20623Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$2,09415%43-41$49$1,251,7496Focus
9The Apparition$1,4269%38-27$38$4,936,8197Warner Bros.
10The Watch$1,313-24%32-14$41$34,339,70911Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$1,028-59%24-10$43$4,001,58418FilmDistrict
12Heroine$1,02138%18-79$57$598,6683UTV Communications
1310 Years$75723%21-42$36$203,6544Anchor Bay Films
14Thaandavam$730-47%21-24$35$197,8022UTV Communications
15Toys in the Attic$298-4%4-2$75$64,0955Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$23050%6-1$38$3,377,6189ARC Entertainment