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 Sun, Dec. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$15,207,908-40%3,7423741$4,064$93,933,2262Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,207,894-50%4,1630$3,413$296,295,6572Lionsgate
3Thor: The Dark World$2,146,186-52%3,286-427$653$186,705,0864Disney
4Homefront$1,572,101-42%2,570--$612$9,740,4191Open Road
5The Best Man Holiday$1,459,450-56%1,717-324$850$63,088,4753Universal
6Delivery Man$1,323,014-52%3,0360$436$19,356,3832Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$1,075,101-43%1,2341164$871$7,864,9204Fox
8Black Nativity$618,845-58%1,516--$408$4,779,7231Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$513,145-53%1,854-1072$277$58,598,6725CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$488,496-47%1,165-309$419$33,155,2427Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$471,382-53%1,016-829$464$249,699,0499Warner Bros.
12Free Birds$353,768-45%2,287-784$155$53,266,9095Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$299,630-60%1,503-1122$199$98,779,6296Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$899,601-38%835831$1,077$4,637,4192Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$522,175-47%69630$750$10,215,7045Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$220,698-32%583--$379$1,282,6651FilmDistrict
4Ender's Game$220,596-54%843-1192$262$59,381,2305Lionsgate / Summit
5Captain Phillips$197,234-56%807-849$244$102,723,9558Sony / Columbia
6Nebraska$169,854-39%10274$1,665$1,479,3313Paramount Vantage
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$87,813-40%707-414$124$115,033,80910Sony / Columbia
8About Time$79,445-47%331-719$240$14,663,6585Universal
9Despicable Me 2$67,750-50%271-24$250$366,932,48022Universal
10All Is Lost$46,573-39%154-193$302$5,306,1457Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$24,926-50%121-112$206$17,194,87611Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$21,942-48%163-22$135$68,239,40117Fox
13Prisoners$21,074-45%203-52$104$60,962,87811Warner Bros.
14We're the Millers$19,543-53%164-31$119$150,368,97117Warner Bros. / New Line
15Insidious: Chapter 2$18,391-53%140-45$131$83,458,69212FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$12,907-41%1304$99$36,809,72612Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$10,235-49%141-126$73$24,555,7597Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$18,017-30%68-12$265$44,407,42114Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,913-54%4--$4,228$84,2831Weinstein Company
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$11,467-45%56-56$205$325,8842Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,660-51%71-53$122$115,641,17716Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$7,213-40%78-51$92$16,856,8986Fox
6Don Jon$6,703-14%26-10$258$24,297,89310Relativity Media
7In a World...$1,349-27%5-4$270$2,962,54217Roadside Attractions
8Runner Runner$1,260-27%23-15$55$19,312,4809Fox
9Reaching for the Moon$1,240-21%4-6$310$43,8384Wolfe Releasing
10The World's End$1,092-29%60$182$26,003,14915Focus
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$47693%1--$476$33,23313Rialto Pictures
12Grace Unplugged$25427%4-6$64$2,507,1069Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$180-59%32$60$285,2479Ketchup Entertainment
14Big Sur$8468%21$42$34,7905Ketchup Entertainment
15Romeo and Juliet (2013)$49-78%120$4$1,161,0898Relativity Media