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, Mar. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,663,116-78%3,525--$472$28,865,3421Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$743,039-63%2,771--$268$9,497,2071Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$629,850-73%3,2308$195$108,063,1004Universal
4Snitch (2013)$537,429-74%2,5110$214$25,016,1592Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$418,979-70%2,951-272$142$57,490,9923Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$394,372-72%1,836-176$215$115,697,02116Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$358,408-71%2,589-966$138$60,054,9353Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$333,661-84%3,110-243$107$43,440,5383Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$331,590-74%2,700--$123$8,059,9441CBS Films
10Dark Skies$232,046-70%2,3130$100$13,597,2862Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$155,027-75%1,930-714$80$62,092,9575Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$142,182-69%1,112-958$128$28,214,6354Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$72,026-72%1,075-1875$67$18,629,7703Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$174,414-66%725369$241$11,355,7308Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$169,678-75%62654$271$117,188,30315Fox
3Argo$143,298-73%985183$145$132,803,02521Warner Bros.
4Zero Dark Thirty$92,602-72%722-475$128$93,667,40311Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$91,371-61%983324$93$160,360,30810Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$76,388-71%652-223$117$180,147,68117Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$51,824-69%601-824$86$54,144,0676Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$45,760-72%352-110$130$147,677,40510Universal
9Mama$24,585-68%447-716$55$70,899,4907Universal
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$21,922-72%210-178$104$301,424,66812Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$17,286-64%225125$77$79,700,01211Paramount
12Rise of The Guardians$15,981-83%295-10$54$102,402,08815Paramount / DreamWorks
13Bless Me, Ultima$15,738-76%183-80$86$1,277,0312Arenas Entertainment
14The Impossible$14,131-66%151-122$94$18,336,71911Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$13,569-76%258-123$53$76,074,46110Fox
16Gangster Squad$10,969-59%138-64$79$45,764,3608Warner Bros.
17Kai Po Che$8,113-87%104-6$78$884,6812UTV Motion Pictures
18The Guilt Trip$6,935-70%133-53$52$37,107,94611Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,904-76%180-43$38$292,305,82716Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$14,741-68%7--$2,106$175,2881Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,675-49%520$225$11,487,90846Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hyde Park on Hudson$7,359-52%38-27$194$6,223,35313Focus
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,246-83%68--$77$148,7781Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,306-66%86-19$50$9,458,7105Warner Bros.
6Broken City$3,072-66%69-29$45$19,643,7637Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,544-69%300$85$22,089,085100Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Parker$2,482-60%51-161$49$17,444,4406FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$2,262-60%17-24$133$3,303,3085Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,303-82%11--$118$21,6241eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$750-59%21$375$16,1622Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$436-54%6-1$73$1,552,28318Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$376-59%17-4$22$8,809,3596Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$82-77%2-7$41$221,9904UTV Motion Pictures