Grosses

'American Sniper' Adds $18.3M on Second Friday, Continuing to Pursue More Box Office RecordsJanuary 24, 2015 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports American Sniper eased just 40 percent from last Friday to $18.33 million yesterday, easily holding onto first place. To date, the blockbuster war drama has earned $154.1 million domestically. BoxOffice projects a $65 million haul this weekend. Should that hold, it would be one of the top eight sophomore weekends in history (second only to Avatar and the original Spider-Man among non-sequels), and the biggest ever second weekend gross for a non-franchise movie -- topping The Passion of the Christ's $53.2 million second frame. Sniper is currently running 68 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point, and is currently in line with the eight-day $153 million take posted by Passion in 2004. The Bradley Cooper-led, Clint Eastwood-helmed Oscar nominee should approach, if not cross, the $200 million domestic mark by the end of the weekend.

The Boy Next Door grabbed a solid $5.7 million in its first day on Friday. The Jennifer Lopez thriller is on target to bring in $15.7 million over its debut weekend, a positive start for the micro-budget flick.

The Wedding Ringer added $3.3 million yesterday, down 53 percent from its opening day last weekend. With $31.4 million in the bank through 8 days of release, BoxOffice projects a $10.9 million sophomore frame.

Paddington eased 44 percent from opening day last week to $2.6 million on Friday, giving the well-received animated adaptation a $30.3 million domestic total through eight days of release. BoxOffice projects $12.4 million for the weekend.

The Imitation Game tacked on another $1.92 million yesterday as it added another 414 theaters this weekend. The multiple Oscar nominee has tallied $55.4 million thus far. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million weekend.

Unfortunately, the other two openers this weekend struggled to find an audience in a crowded marketplace. Mortdecai bowed to $1.47 million on Friday, setting it on a course for a $4.5 million weekend. Meanwhile, Strange Magic pulled $1.3 million on its first day and is expected to tally around $5 million for its opening weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 29 - Sun, Jul. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghostbusters$11,148,089-15%1,464-42$7,615$80,635,1294Columbia
2Gremlins$9,023,178-21%1,5110$5,972$46,905,0054Warner Bros.
3Cannonball Run II$8,323,948--1,778--$4,682$8,323,9481Warner Bros.
4Conan the Destroyer$6,958,872--1,117--$6,230$6,958,8721Universal
5Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom$5,741,844-26%1,546-54$3,714$93,296,6906Paramount
6Bachelor Party$4,573,530--1,081--$4,231$4,573,5301Fox
7Rhinestone$3,540,140-35%1,6300$2,172$8,999,8662Fox
8Star Trek III: The Search for Spock$3,101,663-35%1,083-449$2,864$40,837,1885Paramount
9Top Secret!$2,588,053-41%1,1000$2,353$6,994,2582Paramount