I’ll give this to Paul Blart: He put up a hell of a fight, but was it enough to triumph against the monster that is “Furious 7”?
It was a very tight (and surprising) race to the finish, but in the end, “Furious 7” held on to the top spot with $29.1 million. The film fell 51 percent in its third week, but it has now grossed $1.15 billion worldwide. And with Avengers still over a week away, this movie will just keep climbing up.
As for the new guys, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ opened to an estimated $24 million this weekend. Playing at 3,633 locations, Mall Cop 2 performed better than expected, and is now the second-biggest solo debut ever for Kevin James behind the original Paul Blart movie, which took in $31.8 million in its opening back in January 2009. That movie wound up earning over $183 million worldwide, something that the sequel is unlikely to do.
The reasons for this are quite simple” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” has an impressive (and rare) zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus weak word-of-mouth courtesy of a “B-” CinemaScore, And with the mighty Avengers rapidly approaching, Paul Blart is about to droop like a stone.
Meanwhile in third place, microbudget horror movie “Unfriended” found a few friends, opening to an estimated $16 million from 2,739 locations. Considering how little Universal seemed to spend on marketing the movie, this debut is definitely a win.
“Unfriended” has a surprising 64 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but word-of-mouth is poor (“C” CinemaScore), and the movie’s younger audience (74 percent under 25) won’t be seeing this twice. Look for this movie to join Paul Blart at the bottom of the chart in the coming weeks.
your top five ACM award snubs:
1. Furious 7 — $29.1 million
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 — $24 million
3. Unfriended — $16 million
4. Home — $10.3 million
5. The Longest Ride — $6.9 million