Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.1M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $24.0M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $16.0MApril 19, 2015 08:47 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in an estimated $29.06 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 $294.41 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.59 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 an estimated $24.0 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 20 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 $7.35 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 39 percent on Saturday to gross $10.2 million and is estimated to decline 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.45 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio stands at 3.27 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 an estimated $16.02 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 19 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.8 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $6.0 million and is estimated to decline 46 percent on Sunday to take in $3.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.36 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with an estimated $10.3 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 44 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 $142.61 million. That places the film essentially on par with 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 an estimated $6.85 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 47 percent from last weekend's debut. While that represented a sizable second weekend decline, it also represented a respectable second weekend hold given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.51 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 34 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in seventh place with an estimated $4.72 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label debuted 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 just below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 8 percent on Saturday to take in $1.67 million and is estimated to decline 10.5 percent on Sunday to gross $1.49 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.04 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.

On the platform front, A24's Ex Machina continued to perform well with an estimated $814,293 from 39 locations. That gave the critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film a per-location average of $20,879 for the frame. Ex Machina has grossed $1.14 million through ten days of platform release and is scheduled to receive a major expansion on Friday.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Sep. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,603,054-26%3,260--$492$26,255,7771Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$594,303-24%3,155106$188$62,202,9352FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$580,965-22%3,0910$188$27,511,7892Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$373,427-17%2,931-308$127$107,510,6126Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$373,221-15%3,003-235$124$139,212,3497Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$302,505-20%3,022-95$100$38,162,4753Universal
7Battle of the Year$183,396-36%2,008--$91$5,293,3831Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$135,988-18%1,392-328$98$91,225,1897Sony / TriStar
9Planes$133,951-5%2,446-293$55$86,799,3507Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$75,247-19%1,473-165$51$64,505,1297Fox
11Despicable Me 2$60,240-14%1,004-2$60$360,926,60012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$48,552-24%1,706-594$28$28,618,7394Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$46,767-18%1,047-529$45$30,806,5405Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wizard of Oz 3D$387,78911%318--$1,219$4,143,9661Warner Bros.
2Instructions Not Included$277,551-22%97845$284$34,918,6964Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The World's End$68,979-11%833-410$83$25,437,1025Focus
42 Guns$63,920-11%752-156$85$74,659,9058Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$53,357-3%269--$198$694,4001Roadside Attractions
6The Wolverine$35,790-19%462-78$77$131,000,1579Fox
7The Conjuring$35,589-11%561-115$63$136,735,73010Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Spectacular Now$35,088-7%571-199$61$6,506,3098A24
9The Grandmaster$27,440-1%473-232$58$6,376,2285Weinstein Company
10The Heat$23,373-11%310-26$75$158,743,16013Fox
11Salinger$21,2510%138134$154$420,9473Weinstein Company
12In a World...$20,296-1%1440$141$2,464,8087Roadside Attractions
13Turbo$18,400-6%333-20$55$81,695,72310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Getaway$16,223-7%515-863$32$10,454,8094Warner Bros.
15The Way, Way Back$15,771-21%324-97$49$21,218,45412Fox Searchlight
16Pacific Rim$14,905-7%202-52$74$101,497,74711Warner Bros.
17You're Next$14,275-21%532-578$27$18,365,1195Lionsgate
18World War Z$13,673-12%203-77$67$202,177,95114Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$11,055-15%201-142$55$28,785,8856Universal
20Jobs$9,164-15%152-87$60$16,081,2006Open Road
21Red 2$8,523-3%178-31$48$52,796,17810Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$7,682-13%184-228$42$1,285,7733High Top Releasing
23Fruitvale Station$6,347-8%103-34$62$15,980,30711Weinstein Company
24Now You See Me$6,308-7%133-38$47$117,717,65717Lionsgate / Summit
25R.I.P.D.$6,055-20%151-13$40$33,612,06010Universal
26Closed Circuit$3,844-30%105-308$37$5,746,2344Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$20,542-3%40$5,136$347,4791Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$19,630-1%5--$3,926$244,8101Universal
3Paranoia$6,712-16%8817$76$7,350,3326Relativity Media
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,191127%184$233$4,313,30616Roadside Attractions
5C.O.G.$2,862-9%20--$143$41,2611Screen Media / Focus World
6Populaire$2,8222%205$141$113,9823Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$1,994106%236$87$1,685,65714Weinstein Company
8Haute Cuisine$1,93615%3--$645$20,9651Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$81919%20-10$41$5,297,1837UTV Motion Pictures
10Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$656--1--$656$6560Rialto Pictures
11Stories We Tell$2866%51$57$1,597,62220Roadside Attractions
12Satyagraha$170-50%9-26$19$737,6024UTV Motion Pictures
13I Spit on Your Grave 2$12673%1--$126$7691Anchor Bay Films
14Jayne Mansfield's Car$122-23%6-5$20$14,6762Anchor Bay Films
15Savannah$122-12%4-2$31$37,1055Ketchup Entertainment
16Passion$121-78%4-8$30$92,1374eOne Films US