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. 31 - Sun, Sep. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghost$8,075,1808%1,7660$4,573$79,956,0848Paramount
2Darkman$6,278,025-22%1,83347$3,425$14,332,8852Universal
3Presumed Innocent$5,852,82126%1,35528$4,319$46,397,7096Warner Bros.
4Flatliners$5,229,5744%1,47915$3,536$27,330,7974Columbia
5My Blue Heaven$3,180,670-16%1,502-366$2,118$13,164,4823Warner Bros.
6Men at Work$3,078,244-3%1,03573$2,974$6,262,5552Triumph
7Taking Care of Business$2,818,102-8%1,17631$2,396$9,501,4593Disney
8The Exorcist III$2,755,797-25%1,297-117$2,125$15,723,7083Fox
9Young Guns II$2,393,52131%1,321227$1,812$20,067,1915Fox
10Air America$2,257,435-11%1,279-318$1,765$17,597,1254TriStar