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. 24 - Sun, Jun. 26

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Who Framed Roger Rabbit$12,049,897--1,153--$10,451$23,276,1362Disney
2Big$7,209,4889%1,377203$5,236$29,941,2824Fox
3The Great Outdoors$6,126,9500%1,415192$4,330$12,248,0652Universal
4Red Heat$6,117,526-25%1,8927$3,233$18,063,1782TriStar
5Crocodile Dundee II$5,205,576-15%2,284-110$2,279$41,971,3045Paramount
6Bull Durham$5,111,2442%1,29759$3,941$10,120,5452Orion
7Big Business$4,119,734-18%1,23265$3,344$15,279,9783Disney
8Willow$2,541,603-13%1,201172$2,116$29,568,3196MGM
9Funny Farm$2,224,797-20%1,386-91$1,605$14,718,5854Warner Bros.
10The Presidio$2,123,887-23%1,1680$1,818$9,985,2903Paramount