Weekend Wrap-Up

Paul Blart Unfriended by Furious 7

By John Hamann

April 19, 2015

He's totally going to crush her.

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The Longest Ride earned $6.9 million, which means it fell 47% compared to last weekend. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation is certainly not going to follow a Notebook kind of trajectory. The Scott Eastwood film cost Fox $34 million to make, and has a gross so far of $23.5 million.

Sixth is Get Hard, the four-weekend-old comedy from Warner Bros. The $40 million comedy earned another $4.8 million this weekend, declining 41%. It has brought its domestic total up to $78.3 million, and should get to the $87 million earned by Will Ferrell’s The Campaign.

Seventh is Disney’s Monkey Kingdom, another of the company's nature documentaries. Results for these films have been waning over the last few years, and Monkey Kingdom is no different. It earned $4.7 million this weekend from 2,012 venues, similar to the $4.8 million earned by last year’s Bears.

Eighth goes to Woman in Gold, which always seems to be expanding. With an additional 507 screens this weekend, the Helen Mirren starrer earned another $4.6 million but still fell 16% compared to last weekend. Made for $11 million, the Weinstein release has now picked up $15.9 million stateside, and is just getting started overseas.

Ninth is Insurgent, Lionsgate’s sequel to Divergent. In weekend number five, the novel-turned-film earned another $4.2 million and was off 38% compared to last weekend. Insurgent has now fallen away from the pace set by the original, as after five weekends Divergent had earned $133.8 million, whereas the sequel has pulled in $120.6 million. The story is different overseas. Insurgent’s foreign gross of $135.3 million is just about to outpace Divergent’s overseas take of $137.8 million.


Tenth is Cinderella, which is beginning to shut down. Cinderella earned $3.9 million this weekend, falling 46%. The $95 million Cinderella experiment has paid off handsomely for Disney, as the domestic total has reached $186.3 million, and it has earned more than $270 million overseas.

Finishing outside the top ten are two smaller films that couldn’t compete this weekend. True Story with Jonah Hill and James Franco opened at 831 screens, but only found $1.9 million. This is a rare miss for Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions. The other small release misfire this weekend is Child 44 with Tom Hardy. Lionsgate spent $50 million and it earned only $600,000.

Limited release Ex Machina had another strong weekend after debuting last weekend on four screens and garnering an almost $60,000 screen average. This weekend, it spends another weekend in limited release, this time on 39 screens, and pulls in average of $20,872. It goes wide next weekend, although the amount of screens is still to be determined.

Overall, the top 12 earned $111.9 million, so despite the presence of Furious 7, totals were down versus last year for the second consecutive weekend. A year ago, the top 12 pulled in $124.3 million leaving this year in the rear-view mirror. Next weekend is the pre-Avengers frame, and the openers include Age of Adaline with Blake Lively, the expansion of Ex-Machina, and Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner in limited release.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/17/15-4/19/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Furious 7 Universal $29,056,120 - 51% $294,410,200
2 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony $24,000,000 New $24,000,000
3 Unfriended Universal $16,023,150 New $16,023,150
4 Home $10,300,000 - 44% $142,608,000
5 The Longest Ride Fox $6,850,000 - 47% $23,510,000
6 Get Hard WARNER BROS. $4,830,000 - 41% $78,279,000
7 Monkey Kingdom Disney $4,715,000 New $4,715,000
8 Woman In Gold Weinstein Co. $4,587,000 - 16% $15,942,512
9 Insurgent Lionsgate $4,150,000 - 38% $120,605,473
10 Cinderella Disney $3,871,000 - 46% $186,324,000
11 True Story Paramount $1,930,000 New $1,930,000
12 While We're Young A24 $1,584,286 + 31% $4,152,105
  Also Opening/Notables
  Child 44 Lionsgate $600,000 New $600,000
  1915 Bloodvine Media $25,760 New $25,760
  Felix And Meira Oscilloscope $15,018 New $15,018
  Tangerines Samuel Goldwyn $4,600 New $4,600
  Ex Machina New Line Cinema $814,293 +243% $1,141,909
  Dior And i The Orchard $50,000 - 1% $115,000
  Clouds of Sils Maria IFC Films $150,000 + 143% $245,000
  Desert Dancer Relativity $23,000 - 44% $82,079
  Danny Collins Bleecker Street $848,579 - 43% $3,852,815
  It Follows Radius/TWC $803,000 - 59% $13,264,000
  Kingsman: the Secret Service Fox $650,000 - 50% $125,630,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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