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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oscar$4,164,218-18%1,3913$2,994$9,255,2452Disney
2One Good Cop$3,360,277--1,353--$2,484$3,360,2771Disney
3A Kiss Before Dying$3,068,580-29%1,54219$1,990$7,416,7452Universal
4Toy Soldiers$3,005,880-28%1,3544$2,220$7,188,1802TriStar
5Out for Justice$2,768,639-31%1,791-213$1,546$24,319,5974Warner Bros.
6The Silence of the Lambs$2,540,581-2%1,619-8$1,569$72,668,85412Orion
7Mortal Thoughts$2,020,049-37%1,1900$1,698$11,312,4693Columbia
8Dances with Wolves$1,838,329-11%1,478-119$1,244$121,069,45624Orion
9Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II$1,672,384-30%1,850-407$904$55,250,3127New Line
10Sleeping with the Enemy$1,101,281-21%1,079-200$1,021$58,663,89113Fox