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, May. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$51,070,000--3,279--$15,575$51,070,0001Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$37,200,000-59%4,3240$8,603$147,900,7222Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$9,250,000-36%3,30668$2,798$61,730,0433Fox
4Heaven is for Real$7,000,000-19%3,048118$2,297$75,220,0394Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,619,000-28%2,701-478$2,080$244,996,7456Disney
6Rio 2$5,125,000-34%2,973-341$1,724$113,165,2445Fox
7Moms' Night Out$4,200,000--1,044--$4,023$4,200,0001Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,705,376--2,607--$1,421$3,705,3761Clarius Entertainment
9Divergent$1,700,000-22%1,233-406$1,379$145,023,9198Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$1,480,000-60%1,954-693$757$18,327,8183Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$1,264,831-28%1,000-330$1,265$57,527,6478Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$1,002,000-41%1,243-547$806$16,013,0444Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$770,000-61%1,133-894$680$8,046,3893Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,465,000-18%770-114$1,903$53,746,12810Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$800,000-42%820-534$976$27,714,7915Lionsgate / Summit
3Fading Gigolo$768,00359%340230$2,259$2,062,4464Millennium Entertainment
4The Railway Man$453,000-10%18117$2,503$2,275,7965Weinstein Company
5Noah$425,000-53%477-452$891$99,800,5427Paramount
6A Haunted House 2$340,550-68%526-802$647$16,840,3364Open Road
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$325,000-19%357-53$910$108,945,69110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Non-Stop (2014)$321,000110%23214$1,384$91,096,93511Universal
9Transcendence$320,000-73%515-1260$621$22,176,0734Warner Bros.
10The Lunchbox$249,067-5%1534$1,628$3,433,43211Sony Pictures Classics
11Oculus$246,000-68%410-474$600$27,231,9575Relativity Media
12Frozen (2013)$55,000-53%142-37$387$400,440,48625Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$473,000344%4541$10,511$620,1012Fox Searchlight
2Locke$239,44079%7348$3,280$539,6893A24
3Chef$204,201--6--$34,034$204,2011Open Road
4Only Lovers Left Alive$196,7342%9225$2,138$1,081,3655Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Skin (2014)$146,475-14%93-32$1,575$2,085,8986A24
6Fed Up$130,000--18--$7,222$130,0001RADiUS-TWC
7Ida (2014)$104,00088%74$14,857$193,9242Music Box Films
8Finding Vivian Maier$101,000-33%82-8$1,232$1,102,2897IFC Films
9Palo Alto$80,640--4--$20,160$80,6401Tribeca Film
10Le Week-End$55,000-43%57-33$965$2,094,8789Music Box Films
11Blue Ruin$47,760-35%611$783$204,5183RADiUS-TWC
12God's Pocket$23,000--3--$7,667$23,0001IFC Films
133 Days to Kill$21,000-23%42-22$500$30,686,66212Relativity Media
14Sabotage (2014)$13,673-43%51-9$268$10,497,8367Open Road
15Rob the Mob$3,959-51%6-2$660$199,5568Millennium Entertainment
16Enemy$3,300-31%124$275$1,007,8419A24
17The Unknown Known$501-76%6-9$84$265,3246RADiUS-TWC
18In Bloom$368--2--$184$50,70518Big World Pictures
1920 Feet from Stardom$250-86%1-1$250$4,945,13948RADiUS-TWC