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. 7 - Sun, Jul. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lethal Weapon 2$20,388,800--1,803--$11,308$20,388,8001Warner Bros.
2Batman (1989)$19,247,824-36%2,2010$8,745$141,660,2973Warner Bros.
3Honey, I Shrunk the Kids$9,433,358-28%1,44312$6,537$36,799,1373Disney
4Ghostbusters II$5,265,663-40%2,315-95$2,275$85,520,3294Columbia
5Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade$5,205,338-27%1,917-186$2,715$116,386,4137Paramount
6Dead Poets Society$5,186,264-23%1,1090$4,677$36,223,3875Disney
7The Karate Kid Part III$4,905,961-53%1,5600$3,145$15,270,5052Columbia
8Weekend at Bernie's$4,506,086--1,134--$3,974$4,506,0861Fox
9Great Balls of Fire!$2,166,195-43%1,4170$1,529$5,974,1812Orion
10Star Trek V: The Final Frontier$1,342,980-46%1,005-674$1,336$32,081,6355Paramount