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 Thu, May. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$4,968,474-13%3,996--$1,243$129,469,1031Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$1,847,225-12%3,9520$467$162,431,5572Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$1,144,690-15%3,266-45$350$120,885,7203Universal
4Blended$992,012-10%3,555--$279$21,206,5361Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$531,316-9%3,160-831$168$188,957,2974Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$522,194-4%3,0190$173$24,396,6092Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$301,878-18%2,154-900$140$79,687,1485Fox
8Rio 2$237,5786%1,701-670$140$123,204,5047Fox
9Heaven is for Real$196,021-4%1,720-1173$114$87,212,4756Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$129,645-11%1,373-898$94$254,549,2848Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$207,332-10%498426$416$4,914,8823Open Road
2Belle$180,164-3%453280$398$4,929,9334Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$100,4985%861-185$117$9,297,1763Sony / TriStar
4Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$71,24115%674-1904$106$8,060,1443Clarius Entertainment
5The Railway Man$62,029-14%600417$103$3,831,5297Weinstein Company
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$60,458-13%360-270$168$56,964,01912Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$59,532-16%644-347$92$148,313,42210Lionsgate / Summit
8The Immigrant$41,932-11%147144$285$773,5712Weinstein Company
9The LEGO Movie$37,94515%323-32$117$255,160,51116Warner Bros.
10God's Not Dead$30,3957%245-535$124$59,678,49910Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Fed Up$30,294-9%10247$297$861,3293RADiUS-TWC
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,11725%286-33$102$109,850,35512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Noah$24,129-2%219-67$110$100,718,2309Paramount
14Non-Stop (2014)$14,6101%153-67$95$91,742,16013Universal
15Transcendence$10,4826%202-113$52$22,882,3106Warner Bros.
16Oculus$8,1712%105-35$78$27,564,4727Relativity Media
17Brick Mansions$7,754-21%168-556$46$20,010,5405Relativity Media
18Draft Day$6,677-6%145-350$46$28,613,3467Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Electric Sky$37,116--9--$4,124$37,1160Focus
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,035-7%392$950$2,277,9908Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Hornet's Nest$8,2714%5740$145$205,1873Freestyle Releasing
4Words and Pictures$8,050-10%10--$805$139,4791Roadside Attractions
5A Haunted House 2$7,612-7%88-36$87$17,215,2716Open Road
6300: Rise of an Empire$3,89929%71-84$55$106,580,05112Warner Bros.
7The Quiet Ones$3,557-11%92-249$39$8,468,9775Lionsgate
8Accident (2014 re-issue)$2,52361%1--$2,523$12,7221Rialto Pictures
9Heropanti$2,205-20%16--$138$48,6961UTV Motion Pictures
10Bad Words$45128%21-62$21$7,779,61411Focus
112 States$41453%4-28$104$2,238,1756UTV Motion Pictures
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$374-88%4-4$94$132,0106Rialto Pictures
13Blue Ruin$27817%5-19$56$248,0785RADiUS-TWC
14The Unknown Known$90-13%52$18$268,9748RADiUS-TWC
15Grand D├ępart$767%1--$76$6771Rialto Premieres