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 Thu, Jul. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$3,234,890-14%3,173--$1,020$61,287,3851Universal
2Hercules (2014)$2,115,145-19%3,595--$588$41,648,0481Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,609,109-13%3,668-301$439$180,629,6733Fox
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,311,330-4%3,83913$342$41,172,2062Disney
5The Purge: Anarchy$1,126,765-9%2,85650$395$57,410,9752Universal
6Sex Tape$697,013-14%3,0620$228$30,358,4642Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$546,522-9%1,762--$310$7,128,7831Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$505,126-14%2,476-748$204$238,965,9155Paramount
9Tammy$362,819-14%2,562-840$142$79,962,7054Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$361,908-10%1,358-811$267$167,354,0577Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$300,462-17%1,613-616$186$187,261,0827Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$283,509-7%1,077-464$263$233,468,1319Disney
13Earth to Echo$222,295-7%1,272-1178$175$36,507,6694Relativity Media
14Begin Again$165,736-16%1,244-58$133$13,087,3375Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$248,212-2%361--$688$3,734,6491Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$199,691-10%10773$1,866$5,043,3803IFC Films
3Wish I Was Here$123,934-12%625557$198$2,443,9662Focus
4The Fluffy Movie$108,409-11%432--$251$1,839,9521Open Road
5America (2014)$105,764-8%760-270$139$13,720,0435Lionsgate
6Chef$89,505-9%405-147$221$27,652,46912Open Road
7The Fault in Our Stars$87,538-6%387-170$226$123,086,7388Fox
8Kick$76,058-30%177--$430$1,660,7371UTV Motion Pictures
9Jersey Boys$68,997-3%462-541$149$45,937,7656Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$55,881-23%353-249$158$97,991,7608Warner Bros.
11Godzilla (2014)$51,8030%302-24$172$199,922,10311Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$51,776-11%289-98$179$231,509,25310Fox
13Rio 2$43,6442%230-26$190$130,849,31616Fox
14Blended$32,186-4%223-62$144$45,739,51810Warner Bros.
15Snowpiercer$29,621-5%149-62$199$4,029,0075RADiUS-TWC
16Neighbors (2014)$25,905-1%208-22$125$149,596,96012Universal
17The LEGO Movie$22,004-59%2020$109$257,709,55625Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$59,638-10%410$1,455$5,269,69217Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$11,819-26%74-16$160$3,157,0599eOne Films US
3I Origins$11,007-10%7672$145$166,1202Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,676-2%58-34$167$10,614,44413Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,316-5%58-5$109$111,367,17621Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$4,2585%39-21$109$83,882,17214Fox
7Words and Pictures$4,125-8%28--$147$2,128,61710Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$2,81616%8-3$352$252,4225Weinstein Company
9God's Not Dead$1,09121%9-2$121$60,750,02119Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Come Back to Me$697-32%10--$70$7,7441Freestyle Releasing
11The Hornet's Nest$32362%1--$323$312,70612Freestyle Releasing
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$320-30%6-2$53$8,462,34712Clarius Entertainment
13Fed Up$32042%131$25$1,529,93912RADiUS-TWC
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$102-49%4-6$26$209,6748RADiUS-TWC
15A Long Way Off$85-12%10$85$29,3748Moving Visions Entertainment