NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Estimates: '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 Debut; 'Ex Machina' Expands with Promising $5.4M

on April 25, 2015

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Sunday Update: 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.

Saturday Update: Lionsgate reports that The Age of Adaline claimed first place on Friday with a healthy $4.96 million. That's just 10 percent below the first day of The Longest Ride, which is respectable given Adaline's lack of a built-in fan base as well-established as that of Nicholas Sparks. The film has similarly modest early word of mouth with a 72 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, while critics gave it a 53 percent. BoxOffice projects $13.5 million for the weekend in third place.

In second place Friday, Furious 7 eased 42 percent to $4.8 million. That brings its domestic haul up to a staggering $307.1 million in 22 days of release. Universal is projecting a $16.3 million, which we think will land it a fourth consecutive weekend box office crown.

In third place yesterday, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 added $3.75 million, down 49 percent from opening day last week. With $32.2 million in the bank through 8 days of release, the film is pacing 34 percent behind its predecessor, but is still performing well overall. BoxOffice projects a $13.6 million sophomore frame in second place.

Unfriended claimed $2.0 million yesterday, off 71 percent from opening day last week. The film's 8-day tally stands at $20.9 million. BoxOffice projects $6.0 million this weekend.

Home took in another $1.825 million for a 26 percent week-to-week decline. With $146.8 million earned thus far, look for a $7.9 million frame.

Ex Machina pulled an estimated $1.71 million as it expanded into 1,255 theaters for wide release this weekend. The strongly reviewed sci-fi film (90 percent) is also generating great word of mouth among viewers (89 percent). It'll be interesting to see how the film holds up from here. BoxOffice projects a $4.5 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Open Road's Little Boy bowed to $1.35 million yesterday. Although critics haven't taken to the film (14 percent), audiences are thus far giving it their approval with an encouraging 87 percent score. BoxOffice is projecting a $3.9 million opening weekend.

The Water Diviner took in $374,000 from its limited 320 location opening yesterday, scoring an "A-" CinemaScore in the process. The Russell Crowe-led and -helmed flick could net around $1 million this weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Furious 7 should have no problem staying #1 with more than $16 million. The Age of Adaline will be in second with $13 million.

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.

Friday Update #1: Lionsgate reports that Age of Adaline earned $575K from Thursday evening shows. To put that into perspective, The Boy Next Door--another film that skewed heavily female--posted $500K on its way to a $14.9 million opening weekend.

Check back later today for weekend projections...

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