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 Tue, Apr. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$2,435,665-2%2,417--$1,008$34,480,0581Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,205,248-15%3,825-113$577$205,301,8853Disney
3Rio 2$1,925,558-28%3,97527$484$79,649,7562Fox
4Transcendence$1,032,4084%3,455--$299$12,916,0921Warner Bros.
5Bears$931,06842%1,720--$541$6,361,0141Disneynature
6A Haunted House 2$615,226-8%2,310--$266$10,124,4791Open Road
7Draft Day$568,5529%2,7810$204$20,451,6512Lionsgate / Summit
8Divergent$547,802-16%2,486-624$220$134,976,6535Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$524,385-5%2,6480$198$22,223,3892Relativity Media
10Noah$491,137-2%2,537-745$194$94,268,8604Paramount
11God's Not Dead$450,796-6%1,796-64$251$49,100,6075Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$360,3504%1,280-187$282$45,671,0957Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$114,767-39%929-1332$124$48,609,5415Disney
22 States$74,76920%135--$554$1,210,7981UTV Motion Pictures
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$73,601-37%780-1221$94$107,355,5427Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The LEGO Movie$38,843-42%340-270$114$252,365,39211Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$37,800-5%360-402$105$90,224,5308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$27,947-5%290-54$96$399,935,32722Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$27,3281%265-260$103$105,536,2607Warner Bros.
8Bad Words$19,7979%223-540$89$7,601,0046Focus
9Dom Hemingway$19,1639%12987$149$336,7453Fox Searchlight
10Son of God$16,479-12%503-402$33$59,472,3308Fox
11Sabotage (2014)$13,22619%130-621$102$10,377,8044Open Road
12The Nut Job$11,747-14%201-60$58$64,040,50014Open Road
13Cesar Chavez$10,432-4%117-188$89$5,412,5464Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Make Your Move$10,1716%142--$72$100,9601High Top Releasing
15Gravity$8,87423%145-57$61$273,996,22129Warner Bros.
163 Days to Kill$7,690-1%11027$70$30,554,8759Relativity Media
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$7,13711%114-21$63$15,939,3186Lionsgate
18Philomena$5,17611%101-56$51$37,648,77822Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,36317%370$956$882,0563Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$15,962-2%2622$614$284,6572Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$8,32310%480$173$242,8482Roadside Attractions
412 Years a Slave$5,99542%53-11$113$56,624,86027Fox Searchlight
5The Unknown Known$4,227-5%49-31$86$234,2533RADiUS-TWC
6Frankie & Alice$3,579-17%43-128$83$682,0683Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
7Watermark$3,36553%96$374$48,4253eOne Films US
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,969-21%1--$1,969$15,3551Rialto Pictures
9Ernest & Celestine$1,599-5%31-8$52$245,2438GKIDS
1013 Sins$1,218-2%45--$27$11,7241RADiUS-TWC
11Dallas Buyers Club$1,02242%14-19$73$27,290,86025Focus
12Veronica Mars$97045%15-8$65$3,320,7486Warner Bros.
13August: Osage County$88717%16-11$55$37,728,15717Weinstein Company
14Gloria (2014)$821-20%13-11$63$2,084,96813Roadside Attractions
15Cuban Fury$58521%8-71$73$91,3772eOne Films US
16Gabrielle (2014)$29788%1--$297$3,4791eOne Films US