NORTH AMERICA: ‘Furious 7’ On The Verge Of The $300M Mark After Leading Tuesday With $2.29M; ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ Claims Second With $1.48M

Universal’s Furious 7 took in $2.29 million on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office for a 19th consecutive day. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker increased 14 percent over Monday and was down 47 percent from last Tuesday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $298.83 million in 19 days and will surpass the $300 million domestic mark today. The film is running an extremely impressive 44 percent ahead of the $207.03 million 19-day take of 2013’s Fast & Furious 6.

Sony’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in second place with $1.48 million. The modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy was up a solid 18 percent over Monday’s performance. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed $26.50 million in five days. The film is performing in line with expectations and is off to a very solid start with its price tag in mind. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is running 4 percent ahead of the $25.53 million five-day take of 2011’s Zookeeper.

Unfriended grossed $0.959 million to continue to claim third place. The ultra low-budget horror film from Universal and Blumhouse Productions increased 17 percent from Monday. Unfriended has grossed $17.63 million in five days. While the film has been unable to break out to the degree its pre-release online buzz suggested, it is still performing well given its low cost. Unfriended is running 21 percent behind the $22.25 million five-day start of last year’s Ouija.

Fox’s The Longest Ride was up one spot and a healthy 41 percent over Monday to move into fourth on Tuesday with $0.748 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwoodwas down 38 percent from last Tuesday. The Longest Ride has grossed $24.96 million in twelve days. That places the film 36 percent ahead of the $18.40 million twelve-day take of last year’s The Best of Me.

Fellow Fox release Home was down one spot from Monday to round out Tuesday’s top five with $0.738 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was up a slim 8 percent over Monday and down just 29.5 percent from last Tuesday. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 26-day gross of $144.34 million.

Monkey Kingdom remained in eighth place with $0.498 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney’s Disneynature label was up 23 percent over Monday. Monkey Kingdom has grossed $5.48 million in five days. That is on the low end of the film’s modest expectations and is 14 percent softer than the $6.36 million five-day start of last year’s Bears. With help from Earth Day; Monkey Kingdom is likely to hold up very well today.