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, Jul. 20 - Sun, Jul. 22

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghostbusters$8,492,556-13%1,468-2$5,785$130,134,4157Columbia
2Best Defense$7,872,297--1,425--$5,524$7,872,2971Paramount
3Gremlins$5,517,823-11%1,5370$3,590$67,213,0437Warner Bros.
4The Karate Kid (1984)$4,248,830-11%1,06736$3,982$23,839,0775Columbia
5The Last Starfighter$3,659,470-39%1,286-1$2,846$9,671,1652Universal
6The Muppets Take Manhattan$3,647,069-17%1,2610$2,892$8,063,0912TriStar
7Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom$3,060,056-25%1,022-265$2,994$105,567,9009Paramount
8Bachelor Party$2,963,397-27%1,078-111$2,749$16,830,4984Fox
9Cannonball Run II$1,323,875-52%1,012-507$1,308$17,820,6284Warner Bros.