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, Aug. 8 - Sun, Aug. 10

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aliens$5,779,352-18%1,395-59$4,143$31,531,7874Fox
2The Karate Kid Part II$3,674,410-12%1,586-15$2,317$52,845,6068Columbia
3Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives$3,525,287-48%1,6100$2,190$10,276,1242Paramount
4Top Gun$3,428,696-1%1,281-31$2,677$74,008,86713Paramount
5Ruthless People$3,116,152-10%1,07745$2,893$31,694,3237Disney
6Howard the Duck$2,719,620-46%1,5639$1,740$7,789,7562Universal
7A Fine Mess$2,620,657--1,162--$2,255$2,620,6571Columbia
8Flight of the Navigator$2,461,744-21%1,02472$2,404$5,576,8412Disney
9Back to School$2,054,973-19%1,089-132$1,887$46,311,9499Orion