'Furious 7' Leads Fourth Straight Race with $18.3M; 'Paul Blart 2' Holds Well with $15.5M; 'Age of Adaline' Takes Third with Solid $13.4M DebutApril 26, 2015 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in an estimated $18.26 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 37 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.54 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with an estimated $15.5 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 35 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.95 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 4 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with an estimated $13.38 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline opened with $4.95 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8 percent on Saturday to gross $5.35 million and is estimated to decline 42.5 percent on Sunday to gross $3.08 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.70 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed an estimated $8.3 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 22 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.78 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $6.24 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.15 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.44 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,336 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.92 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with an estimated $2.83 million. The modestly budgeted family comedy from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,708 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.35 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and is estimated to fall 15 percent on Sunday to gross $0.68 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.10 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Mar. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$5,128,7740%3,912--$1,311$102,803,6241Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$952,1143%3,5250$270$47,693,3732Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$645,4302%3,002-228$215$119,186,8655Universal
421 And Over$535,5730%2,7710$193$19,248,7732Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$506,2717%2,549-561$199$49,838,5814Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$449,1791%2,340-171$192$33,757,2773Lionsgate / Summit
7Safe Haven$409,5368%2,541-410$161$64,457,8104Relativity Media
8Dead Man Down$389,456-7%2,188--$178$7,247,3401FilmDistrict
9Silver Linings Playbook$341,4464%1,727-109$198$122,026,17917Weinstein Company
10A Good Day to Die Hard$224,5253%1,725-864$130$64,314,1474Fox
11The Last Exorcism Part II$222,462-1%2,7000$82$13,105,1042CBS Films
12Dark Skies$130,4623%1,505-808$87$16,102,5113Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$107,9735%1,052-878$103$64,010,9106Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$182,5097%67145$272$120,120,13416Fox
2Quartet$153,9111%715-10$215$13,896,8929Weinstein Company
3Argo$93,1547%741-244$126$134,669,04422Warner Bros.
4Side Effects (2013)$89,6582%602-510$149$29,939,2135Open Road
5Emperor$83,684-7%261--$321$1,403,0631Roadside Attractions
6Zero Dark Thirty$60,1751%522-200$115$94,882,72312Sony / Columbia
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$51,5068%337127$153$302,075,20313Warner Bros. / New Line
8Django Unchained$47,3893%336-647$141$161,300,52711Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$45,72610%432-220$106$181,012,58618Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$38,50512%286-66$135$148,281,97511Universal
11Rise of The Guardians$38,3922%275-20$140$102,831,03616Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$27,4538%219-39$125$76,390,89511Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$21,5547%225-376$96$54,580,8447Paramount
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,4052%281-794$76$19,101,4854Warner Bros.
16Jack Reacher$15,7696%194-31$81$79,954,11312Paramount
17The Impossible$10,897-2%114-37$96$18,530,56112Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$35,68067%18-51$1,982$363,9061Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$17,255-8%520$332$11,632,81047Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$13,1996%1710$776$380,7962Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$12,5882%300$420$22,167,412101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Bless Me, Ultima$8,06413%52-131$155$1,417,3323Arenas Entertainment
6Gangster Squad$7,309-5%90-48$81$45,887,0989Warner Bros.
7Hyde Park on Hudson$7,144-4%391$183$6,314,31714Focus
8The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,169-6%56-12$92$257,2142Methinx Entertainment
9Kai Po Che$4,316-29%71-33$61$1,036,3193UTV Motion Pictures
10Movie 43$3,0054%6346$48$8,840,4537Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,72420%1--$2,724$16,0081Rialto Pictures
12Bullet to the Head$1,59519%34-52$47$9,489,8296Warner Bros.
14Broken City$1,47528%24-45$61$19,671,6088Fox
15Camp (2013)$1,356-22%42$339$39,1733Freestyle Releasing
16A Late Quartet$246-35%71$35$1,562,54619Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$69-16%1-10$69$26,6502eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1850%10$18$97,37623Roadside Attractions