'Furious 7' Continues to Lead on Thursday with $1.74M; 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Remains in Second with $0.99MApril 24, 2015 01:01 PM

by Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $1.74 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office for a 21st consecutive day. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker increased 2 percent over Wednesday and was down a solid 40 percent from last Thursday. Furious 7 led the week with a weekly take of $36.92 million. That represented a 50 percent decline from the previous frame and places the film's three-week total at a massive $302.28 million.

Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in second place with $0.991 million. The modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy was up 4 percent over Wednesday. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $28.45 million. That was in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 5 percent behind the $30.05 million seven-day start of 2011's Zookeeper.

Unfriended was up one spot over Wednesday to move into third on Thursday with $0.645 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Universal and Blumhouse Productions was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance. Unfriended finished in third for the week with a seven-day start of $18.91 million. That was on the low end of expectations and was 21 percent below the $24.06 million seven-day take of last year's Ouija.

Fox's Home was up one spot and 7 percent over Wednesday to claim fourth with $0.590 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation took fourth place for the week with $13.18 million. That represented a 39 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to a stronger than expected $145.48 million.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride was up one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.545 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood placed in fifth for the week with $9.37 million. The Longest Ride was down 44 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed $26.03 million in two weeks.

Monkey Kingdom was down four spots and a very sharp 35 percent from Wednesday's Earth Day inflated performance to land in seventh with $0.483 million. The nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label took eighth place for the week with $6.71 million. That was on the low end of the film's modest expectations and was 11 percent softer than the $7.55 million seven-day start of last year's Bears.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200817 (Apr 25 - May 01)$96,458,09136%$116,564,00019%Baby Mama
200717 (Apr 27 - May 03)$70,999,593-33%$98,224,000-23%Disturbia
200117 (Apr 27 - May 03)$16,340,658-74%$87,109,000-17%Driven
201117 (Apr 29 - May 05)$174,115,46759%$199,680,00055%Fast Five
201017 (Apr 23 - Apr 29)$109,653,627-12%$128,481,000-10%How to Train Your Dragon
200317 (Apr 25 - May 01)$87,633,0496%$115,064,0006%Identity
200417 (Apr 23 - Apr 29)$99,523,10614%$125,435,0009%Man on Fire (2004)
200917 (Apr 24 - Apr 30)$124,933,66130%$143,101,00023%Obsessed
201317 (Apr 26 - May 02)$101,153,160-13%$120,502,000-16%Pain and Gain
200617 (Apr 28 - May 04)$105,505,72610%$127,393,00013%RV
200517 (Apr 29 - May 05)$95,839,251-4%$112,734,000-10%The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
201417 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,47624%$151,557,00026%The Other Woman (2014)
200217 (Apr 26 - May 02)$82,749,146406%$108,544,00025%The Scorpion King
201217 (Apr 27 - May 03)$116,310,082-33%$142,853,000-28%Think Like a Man
200017 (Apr 28 - May 04)$62,605,159258%$104,743,000--U-571