'Furious 7' Leads Third Straight Weekend Race with $29.16M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Claims Second with Solid $23.76M Debut; 'Unfriended' Takes Third with $15.85MApril 20, 2015 12:38 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $29.16 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 51 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was respectable, especially when taking into account the size of the film's grosses thus far and the added presence of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended in the marketplace. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $294.51 million in 17 days of release. That leaves the film just $5.49 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. Furious 7 is currently running a very impressive 45 percent ahead of the $202.81 million 17-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and a slim 3 percent behind the $302.45 million 17-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 debuted in a not-so-distant second place with $23.76 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel debuted in line with expectations. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 25 percent below the $31.83 million debut of 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but the sequel had been widely expected to open below its predecessor due in part to the six-year gap in between films. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did open 18 percent ahead of the $20.07 million start of 2011's Zookeeper. The solid opening weekend performance is good news for James, who will appear in Sony's upcoming Pixels this July.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened with $7.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $450,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased a healthy 38 percent on Saturday to gross $10.09 million and is declined 37 percent on Sunday to gross $6.38 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio was 3.26 to 1, which is evidence of the film's appeal with family audiences. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 did receive a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. While the film is highly unlikely to match the strong holding power of its predecessor, it will still have a solid chance of holding up well in the weeks ahead due in part to facing a limited amount of competition for family audiences (outside of Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Universal's Unfriended debuted in third with $15.85 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. While Unfriended was unable to break out to the degree its high level of online activity had suggested; the film still performed well this weekend with its small price tag in mind. The potential for Unfriended may have also been limited a bit by its R rating. Unfriended opened 20 percent below the $19.88 million start of last year's Ouija.

Unfriended opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $656,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 12 percent on Saturday to gross $5.99 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to take in $3.03 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday at an understandably front-loaded 2.32 to 1. Unfriended received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable by horror film standards.

Home placed in fourth this weekend with $10.61 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 43 percent from last weekend, as the film took a bit of a hit from the new competition from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. While it has been relatively front-loaded for a computer animated film, Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 24-day take of $142.92 million. That places the film just ahead of the $142.44 million 24-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 46 percent from last weekend's debut. That represented a respectable second weekend hold, especially given that Sparks adaptations often experience sharp second weekend declines. The Longest Ride has grossed $23.68 million in ten days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 35 percent ahead of the $17.55 million ten-day gross of last year's The Best of Me.

Meanwhile, Monkey Kingdom debuted in eighth place with $4.58 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label opened on the low end of its modest expectations. Despite receiving the widest launch ever for a Disneynature film (2,012 locations); Monkey Kingdom delivered the softest opening weekend performance to date for Disneynature. Monkey Kingdom opened 4 percent below the $4.78 million start of last year's Bears.

Monkey Kingdom took in $1.55 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to take in $1.66 million and declined 18 percent on Sunday to gross $1.36 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.95 to 1. Monkey Kingdom will likely hold up well during the week, thanks in part to a promising A- CinemaScore, the past midweek strength of Disneynature films and from Earth Day falling on Wednesday.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, May. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$19,752,944-24%3,996--$4,943$110,576,6041Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$7,490,882-28%3,9520$1,895$155,785,6652Warner Bros.
3Blended$3,451,174-26%3,555--$971$17,735,2051Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$3,101,070-32%3,266-45$950$116,803,5953Universal
5Million Dollar Arm$2,199,661-10%3,0190$729$22,703,4462Disney
6The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,187,251-19%3,160-831$692$187,111,8314Sony / Columbia
7Rio 2$943,4944%1,701-670$555$122,508,7407Fox
8The Other Woman (2014)$795,320-33%2,154-900$369$78,604,1495Fox
9Heaven is for Real$756,5181%1,720-1173$440$86,590,0846Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$526,371-16%1,373-898$383$254,112,0968Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$709,198-12%498426$1,424$4,264,0833Open Road
2Belle$529,391-7%453280$1,169$4,383,9504Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$239,711-6%861-185$278$8,983,0723Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$206,933-13%644-347$321$148,108,20610Lionsgate / Summit
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$180,82920%674-1904$268$7,863,9343Clarius Entertainment
6The Railway Man$177,562-4%600417$296$3,620,8987Weinstein Company
7The Grand Budapest Hotel$173,705-23%360-270$483$56,763,20212Fox Searchlight
8The LEGO Movie$134,062-9%323-32$415$255,055,80516Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$126,003-13%147144$857$639,1172Weinstein Company
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$94,988-6%286-33$332$109,771,47312Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11God's Not Dead$83,638-9%245-535$341$59,589,27410Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$74,555--161--$463$657,7271Eros International
13Muppets Most Wanted$68,440--269--$254$50,450,96810Disney
15Fed Up$66,003-20%10247$647$770,5953RADiUS-TWC
16Fading Gigolo$62,637--186--$337$3,180,9476Millennium Entertainment
18Non-Stop (2014)$32,130-29%153-67$210$91,699,24513Universal
20Transcendence$23,138-25%202-113$115$22,851,9586Warner Bros.
21Draft Day$22,349-12%145-350$154$28,592,5347Lionsgate / Summit
22Brick Mansions$21,908-62%168-556$130$19,982,9595Relativity Media
23Oculus$15,386-30%105-35$147$27,539,2277Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ida (2014)$53,023--34--$1,560$664,8684Music Box Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$45,051-10%392$1,155$2,164,7508Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Hornet's Nest$30,7849%5740$540$179,4833Freestyle Releasing
4Words and Pictures$27,557-10%10--$2,756$115,4361Roadside Attractions
5The Lunchbox$26,618--68--$391$3,886,35013Sony Pictures Classics
6Palo Alto$24,074--42--$573$382,9463Tribeca Film
7Journey to the South Pacific$23,129--183$1,285$2,872,29426IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Only Lovers Left Alive$19,954--70--$285$1,469,2057Sony Pictures Classics
9A Haunted House 2$19,678-30%88-36$224$17,191,6036Open Road
10Hubble 3D$15,023--204$751$44,282,752219Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Chinese Puzzle$11,408--10--$1,141$90,3152Cohen Media Group
12Under the Skin (2014)$11,258--32--$352$2,336,5478A24
13Need For Speed$10,778--89--$121$43,453,26611Disney / DreamWorks
14Cold in July$10,192--6--$1,699$50,5091IFC Films
15The German Doctor$9,591--23--$417$349,8105IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Quiet Ones$9,482-23%92-249$103$8,457,1405Lionsgate
17Finding Vivian Maier$9,056--40--$226$1,322,4809IFC Films
18Frozen (2013)$8,028--73--$110$400,585,52927Disney
19The Double (2014)$6,933--0----$101,8883Magnolia Pictures
20The Dance of Reality$6,863--2--$3,432$31,6311ABKCO Films
21300: Rise of an Empire$6,821-43%71-84$96$106,570,80912Warner Bros.
22Heropanti$5,713-48%16--$357$38,5441UTV Motion Pictures
23Le Week-End$3,960--21--$189$2,190,77711Music Box Films
24Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$3,944--2--$1,972$17,6681IFC Films
2550 to 1$3,672--10--$367$705,23210Ten Furlongs
26Jodorowsky's Dune$3,501--17--$206$581,30410Sony Pictures Classics
27God's Pocket$3,428--28--$122$158,1583IFC Films
28The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$2,276--11--$207$221,2858Zeitgeist Films
29Particle Fever$2,080--3--$693$844,54112Abramorama / Bond 360
30Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,86812%1--$1,868$7,6661Rialto Pictures
31Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,445--5--$289$18,4042International Film Circuit
32Son of God$1,118--21-25$53$59,690,08813Fox
33Nymphomaniac: Volume I$1,096--5--$219$773,83410Magnolia Pictures
34Young and Beautiful$1,055--8--$132$42,7195IFC Films
35Under the Sea 3D$919--92$102$33,971,072276Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Bad Words$789-27%21-62$38$7,778,34911Focus
37For No Good Reason$681--4--$170$35,0905Sony Pictures Classics
38Tim's Vermeer$571--5--$114$1,671,37717Sony Pictures Classics
39Blue Ruin$480243%5-19$96$247,3835RADiUS-TWC
40Bicycling with Molière$390--2--$195$35,9475Strand Releasing
412 States$386-64%4-28$97$2,237,0156UTV Motion Pictures
42Tasting Menu$372--1--$372$15,2436Magnolia Pictures
43To the Arctic 3D$368--50$74$14,062,023110Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Raid 2$349--6--$58$2,609,9309Sony Pictures Classics
45The Jewish Cardinal$342--2--$171$128,10320Film Movement
46That Demon Within$313--1--$313$171,0386China Lion Film
47The Missing Picture$262--2--$131$51,59910Strand Releasing
48Nymphomaniac: Volume II$254--6--$42$318,7718Magnolia Pictures
49Sweet Dreams (2013)$240--3--$80$53,49730International Film Circuit
50Godzilla: The Japanese Original$224-91%4-4$56$128,2266Rialto Pictures
51Ilo Ilo$186--2--$93$39,8148Film Movement
52Next Year Jerusalem$183--1--$183$4,5432First Run Features
53Alan Partridge$139--2--$70$153,2858Magnolia Pictures
54Stage Fright (2014)$137--1--$137$6,8303Magnolia / Magnet
55Grand Départ$12045%1--$120$4591Rialto Premieres
5620 Feet from Stardom$87--2--$44$4,945,69150RADiUS-TWC
57The Unknown Known$60-86%52$12$268,7308RADiUS-TWC
58In Bloom$30--1--$30$51,58420Big World Pictures