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 Wed, Nov. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$12,779,2879%4,070--$3,140$175,709,9691Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$7,401,97631%3,52621$2,099$177,997,3202Sony / Columbia
3Rise of The Guardians$4,837,243--3,653--$1,324$4,837,2430Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$4,213,21134%2,0182007$2,088$32,294,0802Disney / DreamWorks
5Red Dawn (2012)$4,164,915--2,679--$1,555$4,164,9150FilmDistrict
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,724,61532%3,259-493$1,143$130,226,5683Disney
7Life of Pi$3,645,051--2,902--$1,256$3,645,0510Fox
8Flight$1,269,04610%2,638591$481$64,791,2423Paramount
9Argo$577,134-4%1,255-1508$460$93,580,9136Warner Bros.
10Here Comes the Boom$92,336-58%1,350-694$68$41,441,6156Sony / Columbia
11Hotel Transylvania$72,513-54%1,248-1318$58$143,084,6588Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$661,5931058%367--$1,803$1,211,2361Weinstein Company
2Jab Tak Hai Jaan$171,68224%1644$1,047$2,328,3241Yash Raj Films
3Pitch Perfect$171,465-38%497-894$345$61,704,4788Universal
4Taken 2$159,892-51%739-1748$216$135,362,7907Fox
5The Sessions$102,681-13%510382$201$3,132,0145Fox Searchlight
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$86,272-35%242-365$356$15,874,3159Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloud Atlas$73,160-56%258-1765$284$25,287,2144Warner Bros.
8Looper$48,95933%293-198$167$65,224,3318Sony / TriStar
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$44,21326%456-1446$97$17,237,0714Open Road
10The Man With the Iron Fists$40,310-69%205-1667$197$14,949,7053Universal
11ParaNorman$20,3413%173-25$118$55,690,50814Focus
12A Late Quartet$19,268-5%10038$193$586,2473Entertainment One / RKO
13Sinister$18,058-75%127-1427$142$47,597,3046Lionsgate / Summit
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,09519%116-31$139$160,730,40519Fox
15Trouble with the Curve$15,579-19%140-281$111$35,576,8549Warner Bros.
16The Dark Knight Rises$14,7805%160-83$92$447,951,40018Warner Bros.
17House at the End of the Street$14,234-11%13860$103$31,399,1619Relativity Media
18Alex Cross$13,115-66%144-946$91$25,276,2835Lionsgate / Summit
19Fun Size$12,737-46%388-913$33$9,204,5764Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 4$9,221-85%108-2240$85$53,615,9045Paramount
21The Campaign$1,934-49%101-37$19$86,906,27615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$121,130232%63--$1,923$511,4791Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$18,1635%520$349$9,867,90131Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Psychopaths$16,832-40%78-278$216$14,523,8026CBS Films
4Chasing Mavericks$14,477-56%75-384$193$5,692,4314Fox
5End of Watch$9,46510%75-50$126$39,152,3839Open Road
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,565-3%62-20$138$48,893,89616Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,232-6%300$241$21,339,36285Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$6,59846%26-8$254$13,018,53026Weinstein Company
9The Master$5,006-38%25-63$200$15,808,18610Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$4,591-35%80-7$57$7,779,36010Roadside Attractions
11This Must Be the Place$4,25467%8-3$532$97,5903Weinstein Company
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$620-39%15-28$41$3,328,3576Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$456-58%11-9$41$37,391,35512Weinstein Company