Box Office: ‘Paul Blart’ Sequel Opens to $22 Million; ‘Furious 7’ Still No. 1

Paul Blart 2 and Unfriended Enter
Courtesy of Sony

Kevin James isn’t quite as fast as Vin Diesel at the box office, but he’s not entirely out of the race this weekend either.

Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” playing in 3,633 theaters, should open to a solid $22 million domestically. That’s slightly below the debut for the 2009 original comedy, which opened to $31 million, but still better than the $16 million projections.

Universal’s “Furious 7” will likely cruise to its third straight win with an estimated $26 million haul.

The racing blockbuster, directed by James Wan, just crossed $1 billion worldwide to become the fastest movie to ever reach the billion-dollar club. It should hit $300 million domestically next week.

Universal’s other release, low-budget horror film “Unfriended,” is logging in with $16.5 million this weekend. Not bad for a movie that cost not much more than $1 million to produce.

“Unfriended” tells the story of six teenagers who are terrorized by an anonymous person online. The project hails from micro-budget mastermind Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions. It was directed by Levan Gabriadze and was produced by Jason Timur Bekmambetov and writer Nelson Greaves.

This weekend’s biggest casualty, Lionsgate’s “Child 44,” earned just $230,000 from 510 screens. Based on the bestselling novel, the Tom Hardy-Gary Oldman drama reportedly cost nearly $50 million.

Also premiering this weekend is Disney’s nature documentary “Monkey Kingdom,” which landed with $4.5 million.

Fox Searchlight’s “True Story,” starring Jonah Hill and James Franco, earned $683,000 on Friday. The real-life crime drama is expected to gross over $1.5 million from 831 locations.

A24’s “Ex Machina” continues to soar in limited release. The sci-fi drama, which expanded to 39 theaters, averaged nearly $16,000 per screen for an estimated $621,000 weekend.

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  1. IT 2 IT says:

    ‘ON board’ debasement op,
    ———————compliance engineering Hollywood,

  2. Ed says:

    Small typo: “openec” instead of “opened”. Just trying to be helpful.

  3. Tasha says:

    Wasn’t this an ABC family tv movie?? I swear it was…. Or it really felt like it!!

  4. Mickey says:

    how is opening $9 million less than the original considered to be opening “SLIGHTLY below the debut” of the original Paul Blart movie??? That’s 30% less. That’s some crazy box office insight you are using.

  5. pengason says:

    love all paul blart movies,.. cant wait to watch dis

  6. Jason says:

    Furious 7 sucks. I don’t expect much other than a good story And some realistic action. This was above and beyond ridiculous. Vin is worth it as well as a bad man strahan and a cool Paul walker ending. As for Paul blast gtfo. Not even stupid funny. Just looks stupid.

  7. Bill B. says:

    I am ashamed of the American movie going public. A country full of imbeciles.

    • duke says:

      The same movies make millions in foreign counties too.

    • Chase says:

      Yes because other countries do not make trash movies.

      • Bill B. says:

        First off, no country makes comedies as idiotic as we do & if they do, they don’t show up here often. Secondly, when they do make movies, they don’t waste many, many millions to make a film of some untalented fat man running into walls. Lastly I don’t give a shit if other countries want to show off their stupidity. I care when we do.

      • Mickey says:

        They do, but they don’t make them for $30+ million.

  8. Clarification: The project was not put together by Blum. He attached his name to the project following its festival run and subsequent acquisition by Universal.

  9. GeorgeValentin says:

    I saw “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” yesterday and I liked it. It is a funny movie.

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