'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 Sun, Apr. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$7,085,264-38%3,003--$2,359$27,487,1441Warner Bros.
2The Croods$3,904,398-37%3,689-190$1,058$142,439,1444Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,004,636-39%3,535-199$850$102,520,1133Paramount
4Scary Movie 5$2,617,199-57%3,402--$769$14,157,3671Weinstein / Dimension
5Jurassic Park 3D$2,486,310-37%2,7787$895$31,970,9852Universal
6Evil Dead$2,269,080-44%3,0250$750$41,530,0842Sony / TriStar
7Olympus Has Fallen$1,927,514-41%2,935-124$657$81,856,8984FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,348,945-41%2,504-401$539$219,381,3706Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,080,941-47%1,805-242$599$45,425,0983Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$573,009-46%2,172-1030$264$23,428,4833Open Road
11The Call$489,522-45%1,630-372$300$48,574,2155Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$984,674-41%514484$1,916$5,239,8663Focus
2Trance$226,420-41%438434$517$1,071,2162Fox Searchlight
4Identity Thief$124,080-53%564-157$220$132,022,26510Universal
5Spring Breakers$98,661-36%426-646$232$13,529,1905A24
6Silver Linings Playbook$91,246-54%451-73$202$130,333,79822Weinstein Company
7Jack the Giant Slayer$87,652-42%331-171$265$62,958,2917Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$63,577-42%217-52$293$124,279,74121Fox
9Quartet$60,741-42%224-28$271$17,577,66514Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$55,821-44%279-8$200$65,898,06711Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$46,845-38%276-156$170$54,660,1139Weinstein Company
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$40,030-41%274-261$146$22,129,4005Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$39,368-44%210-15$187$67,006,7659Fox
14Safe Haven$39,122-53%277-83$141$70,604,6969Relativity Media
15Snitch (2013)$33,290-46%215-89$155$41,988,9718Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$29,367-37%154-26$191$55,587,13912Paramount
1721 And Over$21,229-33%107-73$198$25,431,6767Relativity Media
18Django Unchained$18,729-51%126-57$149$162,691,58216Weinstein Company
19Argo$13,958-45%1720$81$135,986,92327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$66,836-43%9333$719$784,3464Weinstein Company
2From Up on Poppy Hill$28,561-33%498$583$608,9775GKIDS
3Not Today$24,250-28%41--$591$96,3471Freestyle Releasing
4Emperor$14,926-31%96-24$155$3,219,1416Roadside Attractions
5The Impossible$14,370-47%77-3$187$18,996,75517Lionsgate / Summit
6Side Effects (2013)$13,288-46%53-27$251$31,479,38910Open Road
7To the Arctic 3D$12,436-37%520$239$12,123,51452Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Parental Guidance$11,691-56%90-20$130$77,118,97716Fox
9Dead Man Down$8,721-24%94-52$93$10,880,9266FilmDistrict
10Starbuck$8,639-45%321$270$3,658,8314eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$8,452-37%55-22$154$302,975,07518Warner Bros. / New Line
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,782-13%13-3$522$110,6542CodeBlack Films
13Dark Skies$6,435-61%25-3$257$17,217,8588Weinstein / Dimension
14Settai$4,666-37%15-18$311$76,6652UTV Motion Pictures
15Girl Rising$3,650--4842$76$668,9226Gathr Films
16Born to Be Wild 3D$2,988-52%300$100$22,457,828106Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Stoker$2,941-45%30-59$98$1,672,4957Fox Searchlight
18Himmatwala$144-61%3-58$48$270,5783UTV Motion Pictures
19Kai Po Che$92-70%1-1$92$1,120,7858UTV Motion Pictures