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 Mon, Nov. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$11,327,664-53%3,505--$3,232$101,892,3781Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$5,909,353-42%3,7520$1,575$99,556,7582Disney
3Flight$1,966,811-51%2,047163$961$49,422,2072Paramount
4Argo$841,581-52%2,763-11$305$86,424,7685Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$520,120-33%2,566-356$203$141,474,3287Sony / Columbia
6Taken 2$484,918-52%2,487-152$195$131,784,9186Fox
7Cloud Atlas$406,458-50%2,02310$201$23,251,4143Warner Bros.
8Here Comes the Boom$397,744-42%2,044-270$195$39,431,6295Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$393,120-48%1,8724$210$13,214,1502Universal
10Pitch Perfect$340,795-48%1,391-111$245$59,440,7887Universal
11Paranormal Activity 4$209,367-57%2,348-658$89$52,809,9794Paramount
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$181,375-53%1,902-1031$95$16,564,7813Open Road
13Sinister$159,143-58%1,554-328$102$46,737,8295Lionsgate / Summit
14Fun Size$132,554-42%1,301-1715$102$8,932,8903Paramount
15Alex Cross$125,331-45%1,090-558$115$24,728,3734Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$154,634-52%607-15$255$14,769,4048Lionsgate / Summit
2Chasing Mavericks$96,196-31%459-1571$210$5,350,1063Fox
3Looper$83,420-48%491-205$170$64,752,8037Sony / TriStar
4The Sessions$73,304-53%12859$573$1,728,5264Fox Searchlight
5Seven Psychopaths$63,531-45%356-103$178$14,162,0005CBS Films
6Trouble with the Curve$39,539-39%421135$94$35,328,5918Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$33,963-39%198-48$172$55,492,36613Focus
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,159-36%147-10$158$160,586,28418Fox
9The Dark Knight Rises$21,702-48%243-48$89$447,786,28517Warner Bros.
10End of Watch$18,263-48%125-33$146$39,046,5458Open Road
11The Expendables 2$9,706-51%134-39$72$84,965,93013Lionsgate
12The Campaign$7,687-54%138-50$56$86,853,40014Warner Bros.
13The Possession$7,155-60%121-34$59$49,083,13711Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$195,633-41%11--$17,785$1,139,9411Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$24,756-56%6253$399$313,6722Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$16,542-35%520$318$9,698,23930Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$16,050-16%82-13$196$48,822,51815Fox
5The Master$14,559-51%88-50$165$15,703,0429Weinstein Company
6Arbitrage$11,843-53%87-29$136$7,681,0739Roadside Attractions
7House at the End of the Street$4,428-47%78-50$57$31,245,4238Relativity Media
8Born to Be Wild 3D$4,350-54%300$145$21,261,14084Warner Bros. / IMAX
9This Must Be the Place$4,189-57%119$381$48,8042Weinstein Company
10The Intouchables$4,169-46%346$123$12,979,41625Weinstein Company
11Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$2,119-69%38-22$56$142,5112UTV Communications
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,972-49%43-27$46$3,317,1585Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$1,457-34%20-15$73$37,380,60111Weinstein Company
14Won't Back Down$1,126-40%38-3$30$5,300,0857Fox
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$572-11%2-2$286$74,6836Roadside Attractions
16Vamps$192-78%10$192$3,1562Anchor Bay Films
17The Bay$30-97%1-22$30$30,5042Roadside Attractions