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, Dec. 20 - Sun, Dec. 22

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hook$9,638,268-29%2,22427$4,334$30,729,8202TriStar
2Father of the Bride (1991)$7,031,146--1,561--$4,504$7,031,1461Disney
3The Last Boy Scout$5,616,387-29%1,8230$3,081$13,540,0562Warner Bros.
4Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country$5,452,793-30%2,147343$2,540$31,407,5423Paramount
5JFK$5,223,658--1,164--$4,488$5,223,6581Warner Bros.
6Beauty and the Beast (1991)$4,863,3156%1,925802$2,526$37,433,7565Disney
7Bugsy$4,611,4773186%1,2191215$3,783$4,751,8352TriStar
8The Addams Family$3,457,353-27%1,897-357$1,823$61,122,2705Paramount
9My Girl$2,712,878-32%1,851-238$1,466$25,838,4245Columbia
10Cape Fear$2,116,700-28%1,388-271$1,525$39,472,5756Universal