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 Sun, Jun. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$13,522,498-23%4,0040$3,377$170,433,1932Disney
2The Heat$10,952,911-24%3,181--$3,443$39,115,0431Fox
3World War Z$9,136,868-22%3,6070$2,533$123,696,9192Paramount
4White House Down$6,596,562-29%3,222--$2,047$24,852,2581Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$6,365,117-24%4,131-76$1,541$248,577,5963Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$2,797,912-15%2,710-345$1,032$74,681,8363Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$1,705,605-24%2,564-259$665$104,792,8585Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$736,250-26%1,550-867$475$233,351,7656Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$696,546-21%1,035-530$673$220,591,0707Paramount
10The Internship$425,249-27%1,008-908$422$41,711,7964Fox
11The Purge$336,600-31%1,122-1079$300$62,791,3154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$347,192-42%540-384$643$405,393,2059Disney
2The Bling Ring$267,685-14%630-20$425$4,350,3503A24
3Epic$240,723-24%774-1220$311$103,010,1336Fox
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$179,690-27%22216$809$2,193,5664Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$138,286-26%307-17$450$184,419,44115Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$123,665-19%255-107$485$142,376,0678Warner Bros.
7The Hangover Part III$102,533-28%277-253$370$110,707,3356Warner Bros.
8After Earth$100,730-23%331-835$304$58,247,3675Sony / Columbia
9The East$77,009-31%185-10$416$1,640,5685Fox Searchlight
10Mud$63,587-29%168-45$378$20,570,15410Roadside Attractions
11The Big Wedding$59,27920%101-40$587$21,805,33410Lionsgate
1242 (2013)$53,046-31%252-73$211$94,565,75812Warner Bros.
13Scary Movie 5$37,01115%122-12$303$31,814,07112Weinstein / Dimension
14Olympus Has Fallen$31,729-25%165-12$192$98,770,22015FilmDistrict
15G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,071-24%118-21$212$122,400,46614Paramount
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,533-17%101-37$94$56,852,48420Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$38,567-28%89--$433$143,6161UTV Motion Pictures
2Unfinished Song$30,391-25%1917$1,600$131,8232Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$26,768-25%48-17$558$925,1785CBS Films
4Copperhead$17,692-7%59--$300$55,6251Brainstorm Media
5Kon-Tiki$10,233-6%34-19$301$1,362,63410Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$10,064-29%520$194$12,928,01863Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$9,213-23%23-10$401$1,385,3448Roadside Attractions
8Redemption (2013)$7,162-5%19--$377$19,9771Roadside Attractions
9The Sapphires$5,2381%18-11$291$2,393,08215Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$4,927-36%300$164$22,896,869117Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Not Today$4,5371%52$907$309,55012Freestyle Releasing
12Pain and Gain$3,674-11%26-24$141$49,359,97310Paramount
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,2260%21$1,113$117,1914High Top Releasing
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,86518%6-2$311$497,8829eOne Films US
15Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,8134%1--$1,813$32,35811Rialto Pictures
16Made in Cleveland$420-2%3-2$140$9,8742Striped Entertainment
17Detention of the Dead$1032%2--$52$1,3321Anchor Bay Films
18The Stroller Strategy$57-64%1--$57$3,2553Rialto Premieres
19Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$32-58%1-16$32$6,7812High Top Releasing