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. 28 - Sun, Jun. 30

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pale Rider$9,119,111--1,710--$5,333$9,119,1111Warner Bros.
2Cocoon$7,347,444-7%1,15212$6,378$15,283,8712Fox
3Rambo: First Blood Part II$6,957,496-4%1,956-118$3,557$105,853,1586TriStar
4St. Elmo's Fire$6,128,157--1,204--$5,090$6,128,1571Columbia
5The Goonies$4,619,669-26%1,7050$2,709$28,358,0504Warner Bros.
6Fletch$3,030,585-25%1,099-124$2,758$25,563,1115Universal
7Lifeforce$2,495,205-41%1,515-11$1,647$6,704,3412TriStar
8Return to Oz$1,908,527-33%1,196-42$1,596$4,753,4222Disney
9A View to a Kill$1,742,866-30%1,037-208$1,681$32,146,7706MGM/UA