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. 31 - Sun, Jun. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Backdraft$9,118,395-42%1,8597$4,905$24,842,1372Universal
2Soapdish$6,736,380--1,275--$5,283$6,736,3801Paramount
3What About Bob?$6,423,630-43%1,66254$3,865$26,871,7023Disney
4Thelma and Louise$4,160,599-32%1,1801$3,526$10,261,8962MGM
5Only the Lonely$3,619,273-40%1,55332$2,331$9,617,2662Fox
6Hudson Hawk$3,139,080-56%2,0721$1,515$10,221,9002TriStar
7F/X 2$1,494,985-43%1,447-52$1,033$13,384,8844Orion
8Stone Cold$1,415,558-21%1,184-540$1,196$6,011,4483Columbia
9Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken$1,266,444-53%1,6620$762$3,976,8602Disney