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 Wed, Jul. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$4,517,407-19%2,903--$1,556$57,512,2491Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$3,361,405-23%3,820-71$880$287,179,7003Universal
3Turbo$2,604,547-26%3,806255$684$39,854,1161Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$2,431,053-25%3,4910$696$87,809,5122Sony / Columbia
5Pacific Rim$1,902,467-23%3,28510$579$74,715,6272Warner Bros.
6Red 2$1,768,764-25%3,016--$586$24,077,2281Lionsgate / Summit
7R.I.P.D.$1,311,920-28%2,852--$460$17,283,1351Universal
8The Heat$1,227,300-16%2,689-306$456$133,169,9794Fox
9Monsters University$837,117-19%2,186-652$383$251,777,3755Disney
10World War Z$695,384-21%2,066-937$337$189,224,4285Paramount
11The Lone Ranger$569,085-16%2,273-1159$250$83,106,8013Disney
12White House Down$307,639-16%1,454-1112$212$69,430,1204Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$252,156-21%1,050-1100$240$285,827,0106Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$251,654-10%304225$828$5,362,2133Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$180,419-20%748-144$241$30,583,4073Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$161,752-20%622-772$260$94,967,3456Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$82,142-6%351--$234$946,4951Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$75,591-7%333-517$227$114,629,8508Lionsgate / Summit
6Epic$71,229-11%319-17$223$105,808,3089Fox
7Star Trek Into Darkness$58,095-8%250-153$232$225,297,50710Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$56,034-11%302177$186$143,834,05311Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$46,035-8%279-43$165$237,260,7259Universal
10The Croods$43,592-6%212-20$206$186,163,26518Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Internship$34,039-11%2024$169$43,687,5537Fox
12The Purge$20,280-7%156-4$130$64,129,1507Universal
13The Hangover Part III$16,154-8%202-63$80$111,933,6049Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$84,5020%3427$2,485$1,592,1922Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$23,3831%95-43$246$3,897,9247Roadside Attractions
3Unfinished Song$20,671-7%88-3$235$1,131,6855Weinstein Company
4Mud$13,066-5%77-36$170$21,280,52613Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$12,469-2%38-59$328$5,664,5876A24
6The Kings of Summer$5,824-16%35-21$166$1,308,7618CBS Films
7Stories We Tell$4,536-16%22-6$206$1,530,40311Roadside Attractions
8Pain and Gain$4,420-1%70-80$63$49,749,07113Paramount
942 (2013)$4,331-10%85-20$51$95,015,10215Warner Bros.
10The East$4,133-9%31-36$133$2,221,3868Fox Searchlight
11Copperhead$3,3141%3631$92$155,1584Brainstorm Media
12Kon-Tiki$1,5535%9-12$173$1,471,37013Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$780104%42$195$518,20212eOne Films US
14The Sapphires$7089%10-5$71$2,450,21918Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$39159%7-48$56$57,012,67823Weinstein Company
16Scary Movie 5$38717%8-25$48$32,015,38615Weinstein / Dimension
17Not Today$6350%10$63$318,05415Freestyle Releasing