Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.16M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $23.76M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $15.85MApril 20, 2015 12:38 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $29.16 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 51 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was respectable, especially when taking into account the size of the film's grosses thus far and the added presence of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended in the marketplace. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $294.51 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.49 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. Furious 7 is currently running a very impressive 45 percent ahead of the $202.81 million 17-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and a slim 3 percent behind the $302.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 debuted in a not-so-distant second place with $23.76 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel debuted in line with expectations. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 25 percent below the $31.83 million debut of 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but the sequel had been widely expected to open below its predecessor due in part to the six-year gap in between films. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 18 percent ahead of the $20.07 million start of 2011's Zookeeper. The solid opening weekend performance is good news for James, who will appear in Sony's upcoming Pixels this July.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened with $7.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 38 percent on Saturday to gross $10.09 million and is declined 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.38 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio was 3.26 to 1, which is evidence of the film's appeal with family audiences. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did receive a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. While the film is highly unlikely to match the strong holding power of its predecessor, it will still have a solid chance of holding up well in the weeks ahead due in part to facing a limited amount of competition for family audiences (outside of Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Universal's Unfriended debuted in third with $15.85 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. While Unfriended was unable to break out to the degree its high level of online activity had suggested; the film still performed well this weekend with its small price tag in mind. The potential for Unfriended may have also been limited a bit by its R rating. Unfriended opened 20 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $5.99 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to take in $3.03 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.32 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with $10.61 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 43 percent from last weekend, as the film took a bit of a hit from the new competition from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. While it has been relatively front-loaded for a computer animated film, Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 24-day take of $142.92 million. That places the film just ahead of the $142.44 million 24-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 46 percent from last weekend's debut. That represented a respectable second weekend hold, especially given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.68 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 35 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in eighth place with $4.58 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label opened on the low end of its modest expectations. Despite receiving the widest launch ever for a Disneynature film (2,012 locations); Monkey Kingdom delivered the softest opening weekend performance to date for Disneynature. Monkey Kingdom opened 4 percent below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to take in $1.66 million and declined 18 percent on Sunday to gross $1.36 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.95 to 1. Monkey Kingdom will likely hold up well during the week, thanks in part to a promising A- CinemaScore, the past midweek strength of Disneynature films and from Earth Day falling on Wednesday.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Aug. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,445,8341%2,933--$834$35,256,8131Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,978,3173%3,32565$595$78,240,1992Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,745,148-42%3,046--$573$4,751,4020Sony / Screen Gems
4Planes$1,444,22218%3,71614$389$51,024,6952Disney
5Elysium$1,262,640-1%3,2840$384$61,953,9382Sony / TriStar
6Kick-Ass 2$896,775-9%2,940--$305$18,153,1351Universal
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$848,3308%2,872-159$295$43,146,4532Fox
8The Smurfs 2$686,56523%2,114-1753$325$59,816,1183Sony / Columbia
92 Guns$552,500-2%2,210-818$250$61,994,1703Universal
10Jobs$533,0110%2,381--$224$9,143,2871Open Road
11Despicable Me 2$461,38011%1,564-831$295$348,100,4207Universal
12The Wolverine$420,026-4%1,715-1152$245$122,595,6764Fox
13The Conjuring$363,319-10%2,001-649$182$129,610,7085Warner Bros. / New Line
14Paranoia$296,8420%2,459--$121$4,937,0421Relativity Media
15Grown Ups 2$141,7575%1,016-1086$140$128,044,6316Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$111,26910%584-1187$191$78,142,0035Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2The Way, Way Back$92,8699%430-350$216$18,220,9437Fox Searchlight
3The Heat$81,2700%554-797$147$155,847,8788Fox
4Pacific Rim$81,1072%444-536$183$98,772,3596Warner Bros.
5Fruitvale Station$66,4412%477-351$139$14,909,0776Weinstein Company
6Red 2$63,8333%715-859$89$51,258,8895Lionsgate / Summit
7Man of Steel$59,2366%365-61$162$289,875,97610Warner Bros.
8World War Z$57,0545%307-198$186$198,540,0219Paramount
9Chennai Express$52,992-16%190-6$279$4,299,8502UTV Motion Pictures
10Star Trek Into Darkness$27,3083%210-46$130$227,271,48814Paramount
11Now You See Me$24,1904%134-9$181$116,096,82712Lionsgate / Summit
12R.I.P.D.$22,6254%181-297$125$32,524,7505Universal
13Epic$16,3781%168-54$97$107,279,34113Fox
14Fast & Furious 6$11,2556%141-50$80$238,497,87513Universal
15The Croods$9,877-6%114-28$87$187,033,56722Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Internship$9,5827%100-36$96$44,589,84511Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$50,291-2%5536$914$1,285,1783A24
2In a World...$29,025-2%3734$784$448,7852Roadside Attractions
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$7,65912%88-47$87$144,840,41915Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$7,328-5%8667$85$49,872,73117Paramount
5Unfinished Song$6,68328%43-10$155$1,593,7899Weinstein Company
6Girl Rising$5,790--7--$827$1,523,02824Gathr Films
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$5,102-14%36-17$142$4,239,53411Roadside Attractions
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,037-7%32-45$95$32,244,0517Lionsgate / Summit
9Mud$1,607-5%28-16$57$21,573,99017Roadside Attractions
10The Bling Ring$1,38240%18-22$77$5,829,04610A24
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,05816%1--$1,058$17,9404Rialto Pictures
12Underdogs (2013)$878-2%4--$220$23,1581Freestyle Releasing
13Inch'Allah$34657%1--$346$456,2531eOne Films US
14Stories We Tell$301-51%8-2$38$1,579,55115Roadside Attractions
15Girl Most Likely$123-32%2-10$62$1,375,1925Roadside Attractions