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, Feb. 9 - Sun, Feb. 11

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hard to Kill$9,213,631--1,301--$7,082$9,213,6311Warner Bros.
2Driving Miss Daisy$6,494,8828%1,302407$4,988$25,183,6469Warner Bros.
3Stella$3,650,726-15%1,213180$3,010$7,962,3822Disney
4Born on the Fourth of July$3,004,400-25%1,295-14$2,320$37,601,7676Universal
5Loose Cannons$2,239,830--1,214--$1,845$2,239,8301TriStar
6Tango & Cash$1,782,802-42%1,288-238$1,384$40,965,1728Warner Bros.
7The War of the Roses$1,732,715-33%1,054-378$1,644$56,976,79510Fox
8Steel Magnolias$1,606,880-20%1,328-41$1,210$48,488,21413TriStar
9Tremors$1,442,955-40%1,159-246$1,245$10,630,4204Universal
10The Little Mermaid$1,340,199-28%1,323-134$1,013$52,929,83213Disney