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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,000,000--3,336--$9,592$32,000,0001Paramount
2Gravity$20,300,000-32%3,707-113$5,476$199,814,3614Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,800,000-28%3,143123$3,754$70,074,0433Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$8,000,000--3,044--$2,628$8,000,0001Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,100,000-37%3,111-491$1,961$100,611,2545Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,900,000-63%3,1570$1,869$26,021,3552Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,340,000-56%2,8830$1,505$17,423,5822Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,063,000-49%1,347-813$789$59,122,0626Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$883,000-41%1,229-436$718$82,136,3857FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$562,000-66%1,7690$318$2,839,4662Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$297,045-75%1,253-1285$237$7,260,4363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,150,000133%123104$17,480$3,409,9432Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,555,000-11%83578$1,862$13,021,0926Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$697,000-45%677-520$1,030$25,852,8396Universal
4Baggage Claim$580,000-47%594-271$976$20,857,7685Fox Searchlight
5We're the Millers$577,000-22%786-95$734$148,556,23312Warner Bros. / New Line
6Runner Runner$540,000-68%969-1042$557$18,799,4204Fox
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$525,000-46%4581$1,146$1,735,1722High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$483,000-59%540-574$894$23,488,6235Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$381,000-22%379-16$1,005$364,239,26017Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$270,000-30%444-158$608$114,743,10311Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$270,000-50%301-174$897$43,942,6169Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$265,000-56%315-123$841$5,570,6734Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Planes$227,00049%321111$707$88,977,21512Disney
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$217,000-28%303-47$716$67,210,97412Fox
15Blue Jasmine$156,898-17%119-33$1,318$32,218,24614Sony Pictures Classics
16Grace Unplugged$120,700-49%208-105$580$2,366,8134Roadside Attractions
17The Family (2013)$82,000-62%218-265$376$36,478,7527Relativity Media
18Riddick$61,000-48%156-97$391$41,998,7308Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$517,700453%8175$6,391$655,8872Roadside Attractions
2Wadjda$132,492-6%8721$1,523$994,3717Sony Pictures Classics
3Blue Is the Warmest Color$101,116--4--$25,279$101,1161IFC Films
4Inequality for All$83,589-35%97-6$862$937,8585RADiUS-TWC
5Metallica Through The Never$50,803--22--$2,309$3,422,4095Picturehouse
6Kill Your Darlings$41,426-22%84$5,178$131,6342Sony Pictures Classics
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,000-84%91-370$385$1,069,8953Relativity Media
8Austenland$33,710-9%43-4$784$2,010,92411Sony Pictures Classics
9Capital$22,400--2--$11,200$22,4001Cohen Media Group
10Spinning Plates$20,528--3--$6,843$20,5281The Film Arcade
11A.C.O.D.$17,426-62%19-23$917$157,6904The Film Arcade
12The Square (2013)$15,665--1--$15,665$15,6651Netflix Originals
13The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$14,000-83%49-98$286$487,6263Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
14Parkland$13,934-54%20-12$697$641,4394Exclusive Media
15Escape From Tomorrow$13,815-25%110$1,256$139,3343Producers Distribution Agency
16American Promise$12,837--4--$3,209$41,1612Rada Film Group
17The World's End$12,591-11%26-14$484$25,956,36010Focus
18Seasons of Gray$11,700-63%14-10$836$51,5472EchoLight Studios
1920 Feet from Stardom$9,05415%12-5$755$4,713,48820RADiUS-TWC
20The Spectacular Now$7,011-69%24-30$292$6,830,36613A24
21Mother of George$7,000--7--$1,000$137,4027Oscilloscope
22After Tiller$2,500--6--$417$56,0756Oscilloscope
23Broadway Idiot$166-99%1-5$166$23,3753FilmBuff