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 Thu, Oct. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$5,346,1800%3,575--$1,495$79,134,9191Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$981,95321%4,0010$245$63,836,6772Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$550,536-12%3,026--$182$10,388,9581Fox
4Prisoners$457,474-2%3,236-54$141$49,954,8793Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$392,360-3%2,30811$170$19,837,2693Universal
6Don Jon$383,837-8%2,4220$158$17,801,1502Relativity Media
7Insidious: Chapter 2$248,2626%2,607-513$95$75,797,0174FilmDistrict
8Baggage Claim$229,492-6%2,0303$113$16,197,4782Fox Searchlight
9The Family (2013)$125,278-11%2,023-871$62$35,224,3494Relativity Media
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,7570%1,563-499$79$112,920,7718Weinstein Company
11We're the Millers$122,367-2%1,606-799$76$145,423,8879Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$202,137-6%437210$463$6,251,5993Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$107,374-2%387--$277$2,974,4681Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$88,703-6%858-90$103$41,674,4886Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$57,0521%589284$97$2,963,6392Picturehouse
5Grace Unplugged$55,3253%511--$108$1,224,1081Roadside Attractions
6Riddick$47,8250%795-1031$60$41,402,5555Universal
7Battle of the Year$39,71320%907-1101$44$8,650,4833Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,19028%513-494$74$66,121,0539Fox
9Despicable Me 2$31,60518%485-263$65$362,554,51514Universal
10Planes$22,62641%376-1050$60$88,210,3819Disney
11The Wolverine$19,0049%241-88$79$131,665,97511Fox
12Turbo$18,85736%222-60$85$82,285,29412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Red 2$17,26211%20393$85$53,110,30912Lionsgate / Summit
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$15,1047%246-59$61$5,462,9563Warner Bros.
152 Guns$13,955-7%200-203$70$75,306,50010Universal
16The Conjuring$11,64015%202-136$58$137,206,46112Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Heat$11,0751%182-69$61$159,183,17415Fox
18Besharam$10,656-33%2170$49$562,5411Reliance Entertainment
19The World's End$8,09511%131-150$62$25,870,7787Focus
20The Way, Way Back$2,75619%131-27$21$21,402,13814Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$16,221180%9--$1,802$132,9441Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$7,91416%78-43$101$2,735,7169Roadside Attractions
3Pacific Rim$6,97538%92-48$76$101,752,07913Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$6,91729%6046$115$128,4613Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$4,57525%58-84$79$6,758,56610A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,7133%65-186$57$1,025,3023Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$2,911-5%7634$38$16,061,58113Weinstein Company
8World War Z$2,88820%75-85$39$202,359,71116Paramount
9The Grandmaster$2,79036%35-108$80$6,577,6437Weinstein Company
10Populaire$2,6925%5834$46$161,5515Weinstein Company
11Salinger$2,5010%21-113$119$566,2655Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,339-13%86$167$31,2382eOne Films US
13The Ultimate Life$69299%9-38$77$1,327,8415High Top Releasing
14You're Next$576-6%45-67$13$18,429,4997Lionsgate
15C.O.G.$365-13%4-5$91$55,0593Screen Media / Focus World
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$323-11%6-2$54$4,328,85018Roadside Attractions
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$287-40%10$287$17,1472Rialto Pictures
18Stories We Tell$232-37%2-2$116$1,600,14522Roadside Attractions
19The Last Day of August$156-29%1--$156$2,4921Striped Entertainment