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. 27 - Sun, Mar. 29

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1White Men Can't Jump$14,711,124--1,923--$7,650$14,711,1241Fox
2Basic Instinct$13,203,809-13%1,770203$7,460$34,719,0202TriStar
3Wayne's World$5,712,736-25%1,8780$3,042$54,100,8267Paramount
4My Cousin Vinny$5,315,543-26%1,5066$3,530$19,942,0823Fox
5Ladybugs$5,180,414--1,528--$3,390$5,180,4141Paramount
6Fried Green Tomatoes$2,814,240-3%1,312-17$2,145$49,143,01514Universal
7The Lawnmower Man$2,525,736-31%1,31810$1,916$19,320,1414New Line
8Beauty and the Beast (1991)$1,782,7625%1,1570$1,541$90,512,96419Disney
9Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!$1,113,330-33%1,003-429$1,110$19,590,1356Universal