'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, Jan. 3 - Sun, Jan. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen (2013)$20,722,000-28%3,318-17$6,245$297,838,2047Disney
2Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,200,000--2,867--$6,348$18,200,0001Paramount
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$16,250,000-44%3,730-198$4,357$229,634,4224Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$13,400,000-27%2,55720$5,241$63,295,1142Paramount
5American Hustle$13,200,000-29%2,51811$5,242$88,718,9164Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$11,100,000-44%3,407-100$3,258$109,179,5133Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$9,057,000-33%2,1100$4,292$59,320,3894Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,200,000-36%2,92213$2,806$45,669,2372Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$7,400,000-26%2,143-172$3,453$407,488,3907Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$5,410,000-23%2,85618$1,894$24,920,0572Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$5,000,000-50%2,6901$1,859$32,630,4652Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$3,780,000-48%2,560-683$1,477$31,383,5933Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,150,000-54%1,474-314$2,137$50,464,9664Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,109,000-51%1,01035$1,098$7,114,8186Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$573,000-71%1,0370$553$5,962,4162Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$1,552,000-12%607-120$2,557$19,695,3517Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,175,000-6%156-5$7,532$6,987,3505CBS Films
3Nebraska$670,000-9%240-10$2,792$7,055,0488Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$543,000-12%329-152$1,650$19,105,6089Fox
5Gravity$500,000-2%165-10$3,030$255,644,42614Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$490,000-23%291-28$1,684$203,462,6979Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$475,000-7%278-25$1,709$117,648,70915Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$326,000-13%151-3$2,159$38,469,34212Fox Searchlight
9Dallas Buyers Club$306,00010%1284$2,391$16,303,18810Focus
10Ender's Game$225,000-17%242-7$930$61,661,31210Lionsgate / Summit
11Last Vegas$203,000-20%25736$790$63,116,35310CBS Films
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$185,000-21%220-37$841$101,635,64011Paramount
13The Best Man Holiday$116,000-46%13010$892$70,502,7508Universal
14Despicable Me 2$109,000-15%151-14$722$367,969,09527Universal
15Delivery Man$107,000-11%1459$738$29,875,7517Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1Her (2013)$722,00011%470$15,362$2,986,9763Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$140,887-21%50$28,177$482,6562Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$83,642-8%20$41,821$325,4702Universal
4All Is Lost$55,200-15%670$824$6,055,77812Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$52,000-24%84-23$619$25,065,46212Lionsgate / Summit
6The Past$40,15818%50$8,032$160,2133Sony Pictures Classics
7Personal Tailor$32,000-42%90$3,556$345,0003China Lion Film
8The Invisible Woman$30,151-6%41$7,538$116,8402Sony Pictures Classics
9In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter$6,100--1--$6,100$6,1001Undefined
1020 Feet from Stardom$3,345-31%5-3$669$4,821,26630RADiUS-TWC
11Inequality for All$362-73%32$121$1,192,77815RADiUS-TWC