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. 29 - Sun, May. 31

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lethal Weapon 3$15,420,806-31%2,5100$6,144$53,855,9443Warner Bros.
2Sister Act$11,894,587--1,430--$8,318$11,894,5871Disney
3AlienĀ³$8,366,727-57%2,2270$3,757$31,507,1942Fox
4Far and Away$7,513,885-42%1,59714$4,705$20,462,6602Universal
5Encino Man$6,414,195-35%2,07121$3,097$16,280,3152Disney
6Basic Instinct$2,345,511-9%1,524-76$1,539$101,383,00111TriStar
7Beethoven$1,356,135-42%1,420-161$955$35,683,0009Universal
8Beauty and the Beast (1991)$1,271,804-41%1,003-72$1,268$95,902,11528Disney
9White Men Can't Jump$945,898-44%1,132-148$836$52,947,91410Fox