Weekend Wrap-Up

Furious 7 Shortens The Longest Ride

By John Hamann

April 12, 2015

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Fourth is Get Hard, which is in its third weekend and manages a much better hold. After dropping 61% last weekend, Get Hard earned $8.6 million and fell 34% this weekend. The $40 million Warner Bros. release has picked up $71.2 million on the domestic side and has crossed the $10 million mark overseas.

Cinderella is in fifth, as it spends a fifth weekend in the top five. The Kenneth Branagh Disney success earned another $7.2 million, and dipped 29% compared to last weekend. The $95 million production has now earned $180.8 million domestically and will either meet or beat $200 million before all is said and done. Overseas, Cinderella has pulled in a massive $230 million and will be looking to finish with a half-billion worldwide.

Insurgent is sixth, as it continues to struggle following a decent opening. The Lionsgate sequel earned $6.9 million, declining 32% compared to the previous frame. Divergent, the original film in the series, had earned $124.8 million after four weekends. Insurgent has earned $114.8 million in the same amount of time.

Seventh is Woman in Gold from The Weinstein Company, which expands from 258 venues last weekend to 1,504 venues this weekend. The increased venues improved the gross to $5.9 million, which is an 180% increase from the $2.1 million it earned last weekend. The budget for this one was $11 million, so it will need to have some overseas success to return the budget. So far, the Helen Mirren starrer has earned $9.3 million.

It Follows spends another weekend in the top ten despite very little marketing support and 22 fewer screens this weekend. After earning $2.5 million last weekend, the $2 million Radius-TWC release earned another $2 million and has now increased its total to $11.8 million.


Danny Collins, the new film with Al Pacino, shows up in ninth after a couple of weekends in limited release. With a bump to 739 screens, Danny Collins pulled in $1.6 million and had an only okay venue average of $2,165. Made for $10 million, this film was made by Bleeker Street Media. Their first release is already in trouble given the budget. Critics liked it – it has a 77% fresh rating – so maybe older audiences will embrace it over the next couple of weekends. So far, Danny Collins has earned $2.5 million.

Finishing 10th is While We’re Young, the new film from Noah Baumbach starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and The Force Awakens' Adam Driver. Out to only 246 screens, the comedic drama earned $1.4 million, giving it a venue average of $5,598. From distributor A24, this small release was a $4 million pickup for the upstart and has a gross to date of $2.4 million.

Ex Machina, the new sci-fi flick from 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, opened at only 4 theaters but picked up $250,000, for a venue average of $62,500. This release is 90% fresh at RottenTomatoes and is also being released by A24.

Overall, the top 12 was still healthy, but with only one new wide release, the box office was almost completely reliant on Furious 7. This weekend’s top 12 pulled in $128.9 million, close to last year’s total of $132.8 million. Next weekend brings a bunch of new titles. Wide openers include the Paul Blart sequel, and I will be very interested to see if it opens anywhere near the $31.8 million debut of the original in 2009; Unfriended, the Facebook horror flick that was shot over a 16-day period; and Monkey Kingdom, one of those Disneynature flicks. Smaller releases include Child 44, the new Tom Hardy flick and True Story, the new Jonah Hill/James Franco drama.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/10/15-4/12/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Furious 7 Universal $60,591,430 - 59% $252,521,900
2 Home $19,000,000 - 30% $129,553,000
3 The Longest Ride Fox $13,500,000 New $13,500,000
4 Get Hard WARNER BROS. $8,635,000 - 34% $71,201,000
5 Cinderella Disney $7,225,000 - 29% $180,773,000
6 Insurgent Lionsgate $6,850,000 - 32% $114,848,147
7 Woman In Gold Weinstein Co. $5,852,000 + 180% $9,302,898
8 It Follows Radius/TWC $2,027,000 - 19% $11,798,000
9 Danny Collins Bleecker Street $1,603,016 + 361% $2,513,665
10 While We're Young A24 $1,377,108 + 185% $2,355,139
11 Kingsman: the Secret Service Fox $1,325,000 - 27% $124,538,000
12 Do You Believe? Pure Flix Entertainment $920,000 - 40% $11,500,600
  Also Opening/Notables
  Ex Machina New Line Cinema $249,956 New $249,956
  Clouds of Sils Maria IFC Films $65,000 New $65,000
  Desert Dancer Relativity $43,000 New $43,000
  Lost River WARNER BROS. $17,000 New $17,000
  About Elly Cinema Guild $15,113 New $18,871
  Black Souls Alchemy $6,300 New $6,300
  Lambert & Stamp Sony Classics $12,599 - 5% $33,287
  Salt of the Earth Sony Classics $82,409 + 24% $259,635
  The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel FOX SEARCHLIGHT $640,000 - 41% $31,463,000
  American Sniper WARNER BROS. $620,000 - 1% $347,236,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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