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 Wed, Apr. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$2,002,195-23%3,205--$625$31,278,3351Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,062,874-21%3,620-205$294$228,529,8674Disney
3Heaven is for Real$1,060,591-24%2,705288$392$55,924,8382Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$641,940-13%3,703-272$173$98,346,2983Fox
5Brick Mansions$541,535-32%2,647--$205$11,495,4421Relativity Media
6Transcendence$387,121-24%3,4550$112$19,908,0852Warner Bros.
7Bears$359,770-3%1,7200$209$12,266,0202Disneynature
8God's Not Dead$273,175-13%1,600-196$171$53,542,6096Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$251,715-8%1,021-259$247$49,540,3828Fox Searchlight
10Divergent$239,907-21%2,066-420$116$140,294,9546Lionsgate / Summit
11Draft Day$223,749-16%2,080-701$108$24,858,3603Lionsgate / Summit
12A Haunted House 2$207,421-16%2,3100$90$14,858,5322Open Road
13The Quiet Ones$203,950-22%2,027--$101$4,568,1641Lionsgate
14Noah$203,835-19%1,604-933$127$97,964,7465Paramount
15Oculus$173,527-19%1,881-767$92$25,799,7903Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$61,341-4%156130$393$1,071,8223Weinstein Company
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$25,3910%468-312$54$108,122,9078Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$25,109-30%1372$183$1,824,0372UTV Motion Pictures
4300: Rise of an Empire$23,992-11%32560$74$105,891,1558Warner Bros.
5The LEGO Movie$18,806-11%303-37$62$252,859,72312Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$17,640-22%252-108$70$90,547,4159Universal
7Frozen (2013)$13,050-9%227-63$57$400,214,99323Disney
8Dom Hemingway$9,068-8%119-10$76$462,3054Fox Searchlight
9The Nut Job$6,96914%160-41$44$64,183,79615Open Road
10Son of God$6,567-26%211-292$31$59,592,3329Fox
11Bad Words$5,564-12%114-109$49$7,696,2967Focus
12Gravity$3,313-12%105-40$32$274,062,04230Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$23,87711%370$645$1,163,0544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$6,39420%45-72$142$5,499,7935Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Joe (2014)$4,292-1%41-7$105$310,6573Roadside Attractions
43 Days to Kill$4,219-15%85-25$50$30,623,97210Relativity Media
5Sabotage (2014)$3,828-11%75-55$51$10,444,0755Open Road
6The Unknown Known$2,34351%22-27$107$259,1264RADiUS-TWC
7Watermark$2,12096%167$133$68,4664eOne Films US
8Philomena$1,59015%33-68$48$37,680,04723Weinstein Company
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,357-10%87-27$16$15,972,3197Lionsgate
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$93425%2--$467$36,59912Rialto Pictures
11August: Osage County$826-26%7-9$118$37,736,67018Weinstein Company
12Make Your Move$7253%40-102$18$6,7852High Top Releasing
13Ernest & Celestine$654-25%20-11$33$261,3229GKIDS
14Gloria (2014)$651-6%9-4$72$2,094,51214Roadside Attractions
15Frankie & Alice$620-23%24-19$26$695,1924Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
16Dallas Buyers Club$419-34%12-2$35$27,297,99526Focus
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$224167%10$224$22,4102Rialto Pictures
18Gabrielle (2014)$32300%10$32$4,8442eOne Films US