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, Aug. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$4,317,208-16%3,845--$1,123$89,242,2361Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$4,226,740-13%4,0888$1,034$197,545,8212Disney
3Let's Be Cops$3,201,406-39%2,936--$1,090$8,407,2640Fox
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,164,677-16%2,023--$576$16,510,1311Disney / DreamWorks
5Into the Storm$1,163,180-14%3,434--$339$23,621,4361Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lucy$871,205-21%3,052-150$285$102,219,5053Universal
7Step Up All In$485,311-20%2,072--$234$9,149,3341Lionsgate / Summit
8Hercules (2014)$467,069-19%2,896-699$161$66,041,2223Paramount
9Get On Up$376,560-15%2,280-188$165$25,100,6552Universal
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$367,722-26%1,851-1432$199$199,912,3605Fox
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$307,279-28%1,852-1389$166$54,695,7594Disney
12And So It Goes$163,340-19%1,111-705$147$13,991,4273Clarius Entertainment
13The Purge: Anarchy$121,090-31%1,205-1451$100$69,494,3804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$243,081-19%506196$480$11,650,4625IFC Films
2A Most Wanted Man$194,935-24%80175$243$11,388,6783Roadside Attractions
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$103,489-22%526-335$197$170,662,5939Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Sex Tape$82,909-11%733-1767$113$37,439,3804Sony / Columbia
5Maleficent$71,362-17%325-356$220$236,412,46911Disney
6Transformers: Age of Extinction$47,547-19%580-1152$82$243,136,9307Paramount
7Edge of Tomorrow$47,096-3%265-137$178$99,481,19910Warner Bros.
8Chef$42,204-14%242-108$174$29,127,82114Open Road
922 Jump Street$42,014-16%278-550$151$189,710,1009Sony / Columbia
10X-Men: Days of Future Past$36,049-5%22737$159$232,240,05312Fox
11The Fault in Our Stars$32,942-6%223-59$148$123,997,16010Fox
12Tammy$31,268-9%550-865$57$82,928,7346Warner Bros. / New Line
13Begin Again$27,062-17%245-482$110$14,400,0237Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$23,669-19%217-319$109$37,580,5046Relativity Media
15Rio 2$16,950-39%166-46$102$131,347,42818Fox
16Godzilla (2014)$16,424-4%178-99$92$200,506,54513Warner Bros.
17Jersey Boys$14,270-12%150-136$95$46,560,0088Warner Bros.
18Blended$13,480-4%144-43$94$46,142,81312Warner Bros.
19Neighbors (2014)$12,445-1%139-38$90$149,991,81014Universal
20Wish I Was Here$9,209-11%202-551$46$3,507,5794Focus
21The Fluffy Movie$7,159-15%156-276$46$2,744,9643Open Road
22America (2014)$5,9076%121-357$49$14,356,7067Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,322-11%410$1,154$5,973,84919Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Calvary$28,944-17%4440$658$490,0362Fox Searchlight
3What If$15,432-20%20--$772$205,8551CBS Films
4Snowpiercer$11,632-15%71-29$164$4,332,6607RADiUS-TWC
5The Grand Seduction$8,4243%33-17$255$3,304,07411eOne Films US
6Kick$6,118-33%74-88$83$2,439,7653UTV Motion Pictures
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,589-24%36-23$155$111,453,78523Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8I Origins$5,387-5%88-34$61$331,7644Fox Searchlight
9The LEGO Movie$3,46328%17-21$204$257,740,53127Warner Bros.
10Yves Saint Laurent$1,60613%6-2$268$280,6377Weinstein Company
11Words and Pictures$72137%12-6$60$2,159,21312Roadside Attractions
12As It Is in Heaven (2014)$106-39%21$53$10,8505Embark Visuals
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$97288%3-1$32$212,13110RADiUS-TWC
14Fed Up$56-76%2-5$28$1,535,38514RADiUS-TWC