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, Sep. 11 - Sun, Sep. 13

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sneakers$10,031,145--1,731--$5,795$10,031,1451Universal
2Honeymoon in Vegas$3,847,200-48%1,7490$2,200$12,935,4503Columbia
3Unforgiven$2,551,501-49%2,025-33$1,260$67,345,1816Warner Bros.
4Single White Female$2,364,175-54%1,7440$1,356$28,737,7255Columbia
5Pet Sematary II$1,679,874-56%1,8520$907$10,356,9433Paramount
6Death Becomes Her$1,576,215-51%1,704-137$925$37,090,7657Universal
7Sister Act$1,155,260-54%1,229-166$940$85,983,73816Disney
8A League of Their Own$1,012,459-62%1,348-216$751$69,147,17111Sony / Columbia
93 Ninjas$750,284-60%1,292-360$581$17,395,2556Disney