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 Fri, Mar. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$24,096,622--3,912--$6,160$24,096,6221Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$2,526,50196%3,5250$717$36,317,8702Warner Bros. / New Line
3Dead Man Down$1,832,509--2,188--$838$1,832,5091FilmDistrict
4Identity Thief$1,801,200172%3,002-228$600$112,012,0855Universal
521 And Over$1,683,900147%2,7710$608$13,467,8752Relativity Media
6Snitch (2013)$1,403,815172%2,340-171$600$28,158,9423Lionsgate / Summit
7Safe Haven$1,251,287150%2,541-410$492$60,335,3844Relativity Media
8The Last Exorcism Part II$1,065,954302%2,7000$395$10,028,5532CBS Films
9Silver Linings Playbook$1,041,854158%1,727-109$603$118,046,19617Weinstein Company
10Escape From Planet Earth$702,25495%2,549-561$276$45,327,4364Weinstein Company
11A Good Day to Die Hard$568,99362%1,725-864$330$61,815,3944Fox
12Dark Skies$391,62789%1,505-808$260$14,701,7543Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$297,269115%1,052-878$283$62,856,6536Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$397,221128%67145$592$118,185,37316Fox
2Quartet$355,19477%715-10$497$12,346,0259Weinstein Company
3Emperor$330,828--261--$1,268$330,8281Roadside Attractions
4Argo$276,33791%741-244$373$133,548,89522Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$236,01362%602-510$392$28,937,6835Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$176,62299%522-200$338$94,131,18112Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$124,19528%336-647$370$160,792,64711Weinstein Company
8Lincoln$115,20343%432-220$267$180,519,13418Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$96,565320%337127$287$301,592,56213Warner Bros. / New Line
10Les Miserables (2012)$84,37078%286-66$295$147,913,13511Universal
11Beautiful Creatures (2013)$47,585-28%281-794$169$18,887,4704Warner Bros.
12Parental Guidance$47,503221%219-39$217$76,166,94211Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$46,927-7%225-376$209$54,369,8447Paramount
14Rise of The Guardians$45,244156%275-20$165$102,500,16816Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mama$42,785113%214-233$200$71,006,9658Universal
16Jack Reacher$40,323116%194-31$208$79,797,79112Paramount
17The Impossible$28,51980%114-37$250$18,416,91012Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$32,052176%1710$1,885$246,5402Fox Searchlight
2Kai Po Che$24,851203%71-33$350$943,7703UTV Motion Pictures
3Girl Rising$20,569-86%10--$2,057$164,1961Gathr Films
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$18,244241%56-12$326$185,4192Methinx Entertainment
5Gangster Squad$15,87334%90-48$176$45,815,6299Warner Bros.
6To the Arctic 3D$15,42146%520$297$11,534,82647Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Bless Me, Ultima$12,984-28%52-131$250$1,343,7833Arenas Entertainment
8Skyfall$10,744--69-32$156$304,330,32018Sony / Columbia
9Hyde Park on Hudson$10,27444%391$263$6,261,49114Focus
10Born to Be Wild 3D$7,645132%300$255$22,106,457101Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Movie 43$5,4011214%6346$86$8,816,0477Relativity Media
12Parker$4,99560%34-17$147$17,458,9487FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$4,078173%42$1,020$23,1593Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$3,109-28%34-52$91$9,475,2716Warner Bros.
15Broken City$2,977-19%24-45$124$19,658,4518Fox
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,880--1--$1,880$1,8801Rialto Pictures
17A Late Quartet$1,73857%71$248$1,556,43219Entertainment One / RKO
18The Sweeney$191-84%1-10$191$25,7632eOne Films US
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$46-96%10$46$97,24823Roadside Attractions