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, Feb. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$2,119,450-54%2,754-3$770$359,635,84211Disney
2The Nut Job$1,615,221-59%3,4720$465$49,911,4453Open Road
3Ride Along$1,562,935-76%2,867108$545$92,698,4703Universal
4That Awkward Moment$1,032,663-73%2,809--$368$8,742,1091Focus
5Lone Survivor$887,350-77%3,285123$270$104,789,8866Universal
6Labor Day (2013)$856,075-64%2,584--$331$5,175,2821Paramount
7I, Frankenstein$787,686-58%2,7530$286$14,724,4932Lionsgate
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$716,220-75%2,907-480$246$38,878,4173Paramount
9August: Osage County$573,903-61%2,319-92$247$31,580,8446Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$550,277-76%2,216-88$248$133,481,4138Sony / Columbia
11The Wolf of Wall Street$481,172-74%1,607-197$299$103,927,5416Paramount
12Gravity$344,023-68%1,132-128$304$263,989,37418Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$276,265-62%1,172-59$236$45,850,55916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$215,768-70%1,052-58$205$22,542,48614Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$170,495-69%1,075-585$159$81,042,1138Disney
16Devil's Due$166,157-68%1,290-1254$129$14,790,0353Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$240,343-63%933-352$258$254,264,9168Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$213,035-64%803-522$265$21,236,9137Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$212,583-64%875-93$243$13,659,57112Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$210,018-55%56762$370$27,380,35311Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$152,229-70%822-229$185$421,408,63611Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$104,102-62%598-773$174$17,961,4074Lionsgate / Summit
7Gimme Shelter (2014)$56,041-64%347-38$162$1,192,3312Roadside Attractions
8Walking With Dinosaurs$49,484-59%323-7$153$34,969,5877Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$47,952-70%214-75$224$12,473,5339CBS Films
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$46,122-75%410-130$112$56,887,1826Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$41,027-76%420-404$98$124,411,1297Paramount
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$34,337-65%220-22$156$119,112,92419Sony / Columbia
1347 Ronin$26,100-62%174-65$150$38,297,3056Universal
14The Book Thief$24,984-65%178-19$140$20,762,25213Fox
15Captain Phillips$23,942-73%245-57$98$106,545,33817Sony / Columbia
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$16,250-69%16331$100$52,433,3968Lionsgate
17Free Birds$14,003-56%135-36$104$55,520,08514Relativity Media
18Grudge Match$13,875-56%241-3$58$29,342,8086Warner Bros.
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$13,211-67%150-377$88$32,286,4975Paramount
20Last Vegas$6,226-72%104-55$60$63,834,48514CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$44,987-44%2926$1,551$247,6942Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,935-66%77-25$77$8,141,08510Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$5,441-67%20--$272$33,7681Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4All Is Lost$3,314-37%25-5$133$6,244,28516Roadside Attractions
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,562-74%52-49$30$116,624,13425Weinstein Company
6Out of the Furnace$1,148-72%36-38$32$11,326,8369Relativity Media
7Love Is in the Air$992-55%6--$165$4,9371Focus World
8Knights of Badassdom$751-80%11-2$68$68,6802eOne Films US