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, Mar. 15 - Sun, Mar. 17

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Silence of the Lambs$7,656,361-14%1,60014$4,785$42,684,8955Orion
2Sleeping with the Enemy$4,711,855-23%1,54523$3,050$41,920,6986Fox
3The Hard Way$4,010,555-36%1,6275$2,465$10,312,0252Universal
4The Perfect Weapon$3,934,572--1,229--$3,201$3,934,5721Paramount
5The Doors$3,265,512-46%1,23632$2,642$18,431,2923TriStar
6Dances with Wolves$2,816,640-17%1,545-27$1,823$97,586,53717Orion
7Home Alone$2,731,894-18%1,413-177$1,933$169,856,33618Fox
8King Ralph$1,920,600-35%1,455-178$1,320$22,592,2805Universal
9Shipwrecked$1,919,066-37%1,311-82$1,464$8,833,4913Disney