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, Jan. 8 - Sun, Jan. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Three Men and a Baby$8,103,282-38%1,8040$4,492$64,898,9788Disney
2Eddie Murphy Raw$3,932,759-39%1,488-6$2,643$28,051,5824Paramount
3Throw Momma From the Train$3,721,187-46%1,6232$2,293$30,385,0695Orion
4*batteries not included$2,833,330-41%1,346-21$2,105$15,083,6104Universal
5Planes, Trains and Automobiles$2,659,500-34%1,571-113$1,693$29,130,8468Paramount
6Overboard$2,648,634-32%1,1358$2,334$11,359,2354MGM
7Fatal Attraction$2,636,803-23%1,273-15$2,071$96,971,57117Paramount
8Nuts$1,417,944-33%1,007-105$1,408$19,609,4738Warner Bros.