Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.16M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $23.76M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $15.85MApril 20, 2015 12:38 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $29.16 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 51 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was respectable, especially when taking into account the size of the film's grosses thus far and the added presence of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended in the marketplace. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $294.51 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.49 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. Furious 7 is currently running a very impressive 45 percent ahead of the $202.81 million 17-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and a slim 3 percent behind the $302.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 debuted in a not-so-distant second place with $23.76 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel debuted in line with expectations. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 25 percent below the $31.83 million debut of 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but the sequel had been widely expected to open below its predecessor due in part to the six-year gap in between films. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 18 percent ahead of the $20.07 million start of 2011's Zookeeper. The solid opening weekend performance is good news for James, who will appear in Sony's upcoming Pixels this July.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened with $7.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 38 percent on Saturday to gross $10.09 million and is declined 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.38 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio was 3.26 to 1, which is evidence of the film's appeal with family audiences. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did receive a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. While the film is highly unlikely to match the strong holding power of its predecessor, it will still have a solid chance of holding up well in the weeks ahead due in part to facing a limited amount of competition for family audiences (outside of Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Universal's Unfriended debuted in third with $15.85 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. While Unfriended was unable to break out to the degree its high level of online activity had suggested; the film still performed well this weekend with its small price tag in mind. The potential for Unfriended may have also been limited a bit by its R rating. Unfriended opened 20 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $5.99 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to take in $3.03 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.32 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with $10.61 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 43 percent from last weekend, as the film took a bit of a hit from the new competition from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. While it has been relatively front-loaded for a computer animated film, Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 24-day take of $142.92 million. That places the film just ahead of the $142.44 million 24-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 46 percent from last weekend's debut. That represented a respectable second weekend hold, especially given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.68 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 35 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in eighth place with $4.58 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label opened on the low end of its modest expectations. Despite receiving the widest launch ever for a Disneynature film (2,012 locations); Monkey Kingdom delivered the softest opening weekend performance to date for Disneynature. Monkey Kingdom opened 4 percent below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to take in $1.66 million and declined 18 percent on Sunday to gross $1.36 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.95 to 1. Monkey Kingdom will likely hold up well during the week, thanks in part to a promising A- CinemaScore, the past midweek strength of Disneynature films and from Earth Day falling on Wednesday.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Nov. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$14,232,730-33%3,752--$3,793$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$6,109,512-43%1,884--$3,243$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$2,395,172-50%2,774-81$863$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$1,849,320-39%1,868--$990$7,910,9801Universal
5Cloud Atlas$1,468,450-39%2,0135$729$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$1,305,431-53%2,639-356$495$125,586,9295Fox
7Hotel Transylvania$1,195,628-43%2,922-354$409$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$862,405-56%3,006-406$287$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$846,498-49%2,314-177$366$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$810,079-44%2,9330$276$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$668,390-53%1,502-497$445$55,633,7036Universal
12Fun Size$588,679-44%3,0162$195$7,454,5792Paramount
13Sinister$563,604-55%1,882-465$299$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$441,702-53%1,648-893$268$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$320,216-42%2,03028$158$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$291,447-48%622-114$469$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$288,784-49%696-493$415$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$226,200-35%857-881$264$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$186,476-45%459-544$406$13,411,7504CBS Films
5ParaNorman$73,183-32%246-34$297$55,231,34012Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$68,440-43%2910$235$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7The Master$47,617-46%138-63$345$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
8End of Watch$43,504-39%158-132$275$38,853,1897Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$42,570-46%286-134$149$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$38,259-37%157-35$244$160,420,83017Fox
11Arbitrage$29,226-52%116-9$252$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
12The Expendables 2$28,721-39%173-5$166$84,855,31312Lionsgate
13The Campaign$26,557-42%188-34$141$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
14The Possession$25,984-42%15573$168$48,982,12710Lionsgate
15Resident Evil: Retribution$25,383-31%131-67$194$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
16The Bourne Legacy$22,185-55%153-38$145$113,165,63513Universal
17House at the End of the Street$12,662-65%128-174$99$31,181,2777Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$124,934-43%6949$1,811$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$27,412-39%60--$457$95,3641UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$23,819-26%520$458$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,366-25%95-21$235$48,737,04714Fox
5A Late Quartet$22,148-30%9--$2,461$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,750-20%300$325$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$9,556-39%70-77$137$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$8,783-41%28-20$314$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
9Simon and the Oaks$7,592-48%13-1$584$119,0974The Film Arcade
10The Bay$4,896-43%23--$213$19,7471Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$3,469-39%41-24$85$5,285,2076Fox
12This Must Be the Place$3,126-3%2--$1,563$7,7541Weinstein Company
13Lawless$2,732-52%35-61$78$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,747-43%40$437$69,6245Roadside Attractions
15War of the Buttons (2012)$1,231-19%6-2$205$45,6024Weinstein Company
16The Other Dream Team$924-48%5-9$185$128,9776The Film Arcade
17Vamps$2025%1--$202$5481Anchor Bay Films