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 Sat, Dec. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$7,643,37957%3,463-63$2,207$241,539,4754Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,525,54837%4,008-62$1,878$250,209,0353Lionsgate / Summit
3Rise of The Guardians$6,258,906111%3,67219$1,704$44,677,0032Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$5,882,01146%2,0180$2,915$80,112,1474Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$5,351,65561%2,9281$1,828$45,035,1652Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,317,975100%3,087-172$1,075$156,209,7705Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,906,02641%2,78156$1,045$29,740,1912FilmDistrict
8Killing Them Softly$2,717,5688%2,424--$1,121$5,234,4651Weinstein Company
9Flight$2,046,91456%2,603-35$786$80,345,1055Paramount
10The Collection$1,201,1234%1,403--$856$2,359,1861LD Entertainment
11Argo$959,39669%1,043-212$920$100,506,8188Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,378,59551%3714$3,716$9,939,7293Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$955,30354%384318$2,488$3,438,8353Focus
3Talaash$734,39551%174--$4,221$1,219,1711Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$220,73053%496-267$445$137,060,3249Fox
5Pitch Perfect$177,51538%403-89$440$63,018,44810Universal
6The Sessions$151,60463%226-289$671$4,493,2287Fox Searchlight
7Here Comes the Boom$108,14165%334-156$324$42,301,1838Sony / Columbia
8Cloud Atlas$102,07251%194-64$526$26,107,5726Warner Bros.
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$94,25140%189-53$499$16,590,24111Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$87,05843%280-13$311$65,862,92510Sony / TriStar
11Hotel Transylvania$66,692133%248-216$269$143,650,86310Sony / Columbia
12Seven Psychopaths$43,60946%16280$269$14,749,9928CBS Films
13The Man With the Iron Fists$43,50043%174-31$250$15,357,8955Universal
14ParaNorman$27,906139%104-30$268$55,852,72816Focus
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,806141%102-7$253$160,868,75421Fox
16Alex Cross$24,14865%114-30$212$25,471,8747Lionsgate / Summit
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$23,03261%124-66$186$17,451,8696Open Road
18Fun Size$22,17191%116-28$191$9,347,9816Paramount
19House at the End of the Street$21,14674%108-30$196$31,540,90311Relativity Media
20Trouble with the Curve$15,55332%100-40$156$35,713,97011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$181,08769%5033$3,622$667,4192Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$39,24459%74-14$530$848,1305Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$34,873227%161$2,180$159,7572Warner Bros.
4Hecho en Mexico$27,97619%12--$2,331$51,5591Lionsgate / Pantelion
5To the Arctic 3D$20,77913%520$400$10,039,18433Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,08863%300$636$21,422,76887Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Dark Knight Rises$18,77155%80-28$235$448,083,82920Warner Bros.
8Sinister$18,68053%88-39$212$47,760,2438Lionsgate / Summit
9Chasing Mavericks$18,29843%7919$232$5,820,2366Fox
10Paranormal Activity 4$11,78439%70-38$168$53,712,0397Paramount
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,102166%52-7$214$48,956,35718Fox
12End of Watch$9,94763%24-10$414$39,219,79811Open Road
13The Master$7,55947%23-2$329$15,868,53912Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$7,47437%35-13$214$7,843,88212Roadside Attractions
15Silent Night$3,90216%11--$355$7,1611Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$3,30558%19-7$174$13,039,92028Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$2,68663%7-1$384$126,1485Weinstein Company