Furious 7 , Mall Cop 2 Hold Steady on Top
Universal Pictures’ Furious 7 took in $17.82 million last weekend to lead the box office for a fourth consecutive week. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 39 percent from the previous weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney’s highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this Friday. Furious 7 has grossed $320.08 million in 24 days. That places the film 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 second place with $14.78 million. Sony Pictures’ modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 38 percent from the previous weekend’s debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed $43.22 million through 10 days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations. Despite poor 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 Entertainment’s The Age of Adaline debuted in third place last weekend with $13.20 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn’t adapted from a pre-existing novel.
Home grossed $8.01 million to remain in fourth place. The successful 3D computer animated film from 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 25 percent from the previous weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations with a 31-day take of $153.49 million.
Universal’s Unfriended rounded out the weekend’s top five with $6.16 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and 61 percent from the previous weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.08 million in 10 days. While Unfriended isn’t quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind.
A24’s Ex Machina expanded to 1,255 theaters in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.35 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film 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 $6.83 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|2||2||Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||$14.78M||$43.22M||2|
|3||N/A||The Age of Adeline||$13.20M||$13.20M||1|
|7||5||The Longest Ride||$4.26M||$30.29M||3|
|10||7||Woman in Gold||$3.36M||$21.50M||4|
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