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 Sun, Aug. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$17,810,885-20%3,845--$4,632$65,575,1051Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$12,865,127-24%4,0888$3,147$176,515,7612Disney
3Into the Storm$4,378,519-32%3,434--$1,275$17,346,4271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$3,013,184-30%2,023--$1,489$10,979,2901Disney / DreamWorks
5Lucy$2,802,385-27%3,147-55$890$97,511,6103Universal
6Hercules (2014)$1,618,307-31%2,896-699$559$63,508,1383Paramount
7Step Up All In$1,516,849-28%2,072--$732$6,469,8571Lionsgate / Summit
8Get On Up$1,492,580-32%2,4691$605$23,109,7602Universal
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,300,815-27%2,306-977$564$197,768,1565Fox
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$727,834-27%2,280-961$319$52,982,8544Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$641,530-30%1,602-1054$400$68,533,3604Universal
12And So It Goes$336,356-34%1,111-705$303$13,243,2153Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$621,487-37%80175$776$10,410,7903Roadside Attractions
2Sex Tape$295,407-37%944-1556$313$36,907,1904Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$206,297-28%526-335$392$170,121,1529Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Transformers: Age of Extinction$163,418-34%580-1152$282$242,880,0317Paramount
5Maleficent$143,401-37%370-311$388$236,053,66811Disney
6Tammy$123,098-44%550-865$224$82,737,1686Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$99,817-31%313-515$319$189,477,8249Sony / Columbia
8Edge of Tomorrow$98,751-25%265-137$373$99,280,67810Warner Bros.
9Chef$89,617-37%242-108$370$28,944,19914Open Road
10X-Men: Days of Future Past$85,810-25%22737$378$232,077,84612Fox
11The Fault in Our Stars$57,872-27%223-59$260$123,846,54710Fox
12Begin Again$51,803-33%245-482$211$14,278,4127Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$42,544-21%178-99$239$200,435,30813Warner Bros.
14Earth to Echo$42,479-28%217-319$196$37,458,6396Relativity Media
15Jersey Boys$33,433-31%150-136$223$46,491,1338Warner Bros.
16The Fluffy Movie$31,698-14%156-276$203$2,705,0413Open Road
17Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$30,547-88%251--$122$2,412,7521Screenvision
18Rio 2$30,473-49%166-46$184$131,261,54818Fox
19Blended$29,843-29%144-43$207$46,084,34312Warner Bros.
20Wish I Was Here$28,981-25%202-551$143$3,459,6674Focus
21Neighbors (2014)$26,355-31%139-38$190$149,939,69014Universal
22America (2014)$21,624-14%121-357$179$14,320,8577Lionsgate
23The Amazing Spider-Man 2$18,042-24%104-57$173$202,778,22415Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Calvary$78,069-28%4440$1,774$359,6312Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,231-27%410$957$5,780,95919Warner Bros. / IMAX
3What If$36,413-24%20--$1,821$133,8981CBS Films
4Kick$28,544-28%74-88$386$2,393,5923UTV Motion Pictures
5Snowpiercer$21,456-16%71-29$302$4,280,9707RADiUS-TWC
6I Origins$10,756-21%88-34$122$308,5854Fox Searchlight
7The Grand Seduction$7,608-28%33-17$231$3,273,95311eOne Films US
8Heaven is for Real$6,922-32%60-36$115$91,443,25317Sony / TriStar
9Think Like a Man Too$5,691-38%31-84$184$65,104,7118Sony / Screen Gems
10Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$5,275-37%44-53$120$30,577,1226Sony / Screen Gems
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,804-31%36-23$133$111,429,71923Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Words and Pictures$1,883-21%12-6$157$2,155,36412Roadside Attractions
13Yves Saint Laurent$1,710-30%6-2$285$275,3187Weinstein Company
14The LEGO Movie$1,4911%17-21$88$257,731,10727Warner Bros.
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,133--10$1,133$148,90617Rialto Pictures
16Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2583%3-1$86$211,83310RADiUS-TWC
17Fed Up$12673%2-5$63$1,534,98514RADiUS-TWC
18As It Is in Heaven (2014)$71-47%21$36$10,3965Embark Visuals