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, Oct. 9 - Sun, Oct. 11

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under Siege$14,097,770--2,042--$6,904$14,097,7701Warner Bros.
2The Last of the Mohicans$8,011,865-17%1,8000$4,451$28,641,9023Fox
3The Mighty Ducks$7,977,97332%1,850570$4,312$14,013,1062Disney
4Hero$4,087,552-22%1,8260$2,239$9,298,4272Columbia
5Mr. Baseball$3,553,830-32%1,86611$1,905$8,794,2052Universal
6Sneakers$3,127,125-20%1,797-262$1,740$30,904,8355Universal
71492: Conquest of Paradise$3,002,680--1,008--$2,979$3,002,6801Paramount
8Mr. Saturday Night$1,739,159-33%1,618-69$1,075$8,856,6743Columbia
9Captain Ron$1,681,750-34%1,424-106$1,181$13,944,9054Disney