Grosses

'Furious 7' Leads Fourth Straight Race with $18.3M; 'Paul Blart 2' Holds Well with $15.5M; 'Age of Adaline' Takes Third with Solid $13.4M DebutApril 26, 2015 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in an estimated $18.26 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 37 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.54 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with an estimated $15.5 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 35 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.95 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 4 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with an estimated $13.38 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline opened with $4.95 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8 percent on Saturday to gross $5.35 million and is estimated to decline 42.5 percent on Sunday to gross $3.08 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.70 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed an estimated $8.3 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 22 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.78 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $6.24 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.15 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.44 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,336 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.92 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with an estimated $2.83 million. The modestly budgeted family comedy from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,708 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.35 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and is estimated to fall 15 percent on Sunday to gross $0.68 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.10 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Sep. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,693,422-36%4,001--$2,423$34,017,9301Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$2,584,117-47%3,29030$785$38,549,1942Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$2,274,030-44%2,2972292$990$10,275,8292Universal
4Don Jon$1,922,444-45%2,422--$794$8,677,0091Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$1,847,128-52%2,027--$911$9,031,1021Fox Searchlight
6Insidious: Chapter 2$1,354,875-57%3,120-35$434$69,349,5093FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$919,592-47%2,894-197$318$31,754,6023Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$615,037-54%2,405-598$256$142,360,9318Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$555,970-52%2,062-869$270$110,265,8627Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$494,622-49%2,0080$246$7,492,0842Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$438,240-40%1,826-1196$240$40,056,7104Universal
12Planes$226,294-37%1,426-1020$159$87,681,4498Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$221,299-43%1,007-466$220$65,380,2738Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,259,599-10%948-30$1,329$38,652,8965Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$518,358-48%227223$2,284$2,466,3812Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$267,446-46%305--$877$1,576,5611Picturehouse
4The Wizard of Oz 3D$245,4437%305-13$805$5,081,0492Warner Bros.
5Despicable Me 2$220,660-42%748-256$295$361,774,71513Universal
6Elysium$119,838-49%562-830$213$91,851,0608Sony / TriStar
7Grown Ups 2$114,002-59%390132$292$131,964,54012Sony / Columbia
8Turbo$72,799-40%282-51$258$81,963,43811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
92 Guns$68,510-48%403-349$170$75,002,5559Universal
10The Wolverine$67,124-47%329-133$204$131,304,65010Fox
11The Smurfs 2$49,610-59%353-243$141$69,915,4189Sony / Columbia
12The Conjuring$48,707-48%338-223$144$136,972,05511Warner Bros. / New Line
13The World's End$45,286-49%281-552$161$25,694,5456Focus
14Thanks for Sharing$41,281-43%251-18$164$898,4032Roadside Attractions
15The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$40,728-54%329-718$124$31,046,2016Sony / Screen Gems
16The Heat$40,333-54%251-59$161$158,948,63614Fox
17One Direction: This Is Us$36,666-46%228-1478$161$28,818,9675Sony / TriStar
18This Is The End$31,274-41%205-322$153$101,362,89416Sony / Columbia
19The Spectacular Now$30,800-35%142-429$217$6,656,9549A24
20Pacific Rim$29,681-45%140-62$212$101,624,60212Warner Bros.
21The Grandmaster$29,118-38%143-330$204$6,505,6166Weinstein Company
22In a World...$26,376-50%121-23$218$2,597,3868Roadside Attractions
23World War Z$23,042-45%160-43$144$202,278,85815Paramount
24Salinger$20,139-26%134-4$150$504,5734Weinstein Company
25The Way, Way Back$17,498-61%158-166$111$21,324,65613Fox Searchlight
26Red 2$13,164-57%110-68$120$52,869,28711Lionsgate / Summit
27You're Next$5,777-61%112-420$52$18,409,9646Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$10,255-25%1411$733$55,3052Weinstein Company
2Fruitvale Station$6,987-33%42-61$166$16,011,61012Weinstein Company
3Jobs$6,574-46%84-68$78$16,117,4437Open Road
4Getaway$5,935-47%74-441$80$10,494,4945Warner Bros.
5Paranoia$4,377-46%66-22$66$7,376,0277Relativity Media
6The Ultimate Life$4,047-47%47-137$86$1,311,2354High Top Releasing
7Populaire$3,354-42%244$140$130,0884Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$3,100-7%19-4$163$1,697,29415Weinstein Company
9We Are What We Are (2013)$2,454-50%2--$1,227$13,7271eOne Films US
10Chennai Express$1,949-52%9-11$217$5,306,7298UTV Motion Pictures
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,388-11%8-10$174$4,319,24317Roadside Attractions
12C.O.G.$1,286-51%9-11$143$49,6912Screen Media / Focus World
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,274-47%1--$1,274$5,4931Rialto Pictures
14Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,140-34%1--$1,140$5,6741Rialto Pictures
15Hotel Normandy$813-39%1--$813$2,5521Rialto Premieres
16Morning$728-25%4--$182$2,8761Anchor Bay Films
17Satyagraha$186-37%2-7$93$738,5255UTV Motion Pictures
18Stories We Tell$132-29%4-1$33$1,598,11421Roadside Attractions