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 Tue, Oct. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,868,8476%3,232--$578$23,084,0171Warner Bros.
2Taken 2$1,800,5298%3,70645$486$89,603,0892Fox
3Sinister$1,400,7267%2,527--$554$20,714,5061Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$852,2853%3,37523$253$103,813,6203Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$801,47112%3,014--$266$13,331,2071Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$766,42522%2,78717$275$37,408,6533Universal
7Looper$660,09117%2,605-388$253$52,566,1593Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$475,8005%3,0050$158$23,004,6902Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$475,77010%1,480--$321$5,082,2241CBS Films
10End of Watch$188,5083%1,551-819$122$36,745,7484Open Road
11Trouble with the Curve$138,2554%1,812-1191$76$33,044,9214Warner Bros.
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$105,581-29%1,012--$104$2,005,9761Atlas Distribution
13House at the End of the Street$76,9613%1,866-854$41$30,147,9204Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$212,80412%726505$293$6,538,0084Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$75,298-4%682-182$110$14,063,9505Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$52,71212%465-110$113$446,299,77213Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$33,72927%194-50$174$6,713,5045Roadside Attractions
5Finding Nemo 3D$29,43013%480-1266$61$40,170,7105Disney
6Won't Back Down$20,272-24%513-2004$40$5,145,5733Fox
7Dredd 3D$19,85839%155-676$128$13,191,1394Lionsgate
8The Bourne Legacy$15,92518%245-237$65$112,612,14010Universal
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,615-10%237-63$57$159,847,18314Fox
10Ted (2012)$12,3256%145-42$85$218,535,72516Universal
11The Possession$10,470-1%369-452$28$48,753,0927Lionsgate
12The Expendables 2$8,13835%146-167$56$84,516,1029Lionsgate
13ParaNorman$6,732-12%176-166$38$54,544,8679Focus
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,905-18%176-81$34$48,453,89611Fox
15The Campaign$5,70535%101-202$56$86,392,75910Warner Bros.
16Lawless$5,013-4%287-324$17$37,166,4587Weinstein Company
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$4,906-10%122-33$40$216,377,08919Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$13,62425%520$262$9,146,60926Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$6,560-8%59-25$111$12,763,31521Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$4,82117%30-3$161$21,040,06480Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Moonrise Kingdom$4,70327%56-36$84$45,459,72421Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$4,63134%36-15$129$11,160,34216Fox Searchlight
6Barfi!$3,64265%34-76$107$2,785,0205UTV Communications
7Thaandavam$1,306563%3-18$435$207,5283UTV Communications
8Safety Not Guaranteed$742-36%18-6$41$4,009,69519FilmDistrict
9Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$6851%6-6$114$49,1202Roadside Attractions
10War of the Buttons (2012)$4628%5--$92$5,6271Weinstein Company