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, Feb. 26 - Sun, Feb. 28

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Falling Down$8,724,452--1,220--$7,151$8,724,4521Warner Bros.
2Groundhog Day$7,607,157-18%1,7427$4,367$36,372,2283Columbia
3Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey$5,949,729-10%1,7987$3,309$20,716,1174Buena Vista
4Sommersby$4,142,931-30%1,7620$2,351$28,109,9014Warner Bros.
5Aladdin$3,879,296-13%2,259522$1,717$119,195,42914Disney
6Untamed Heart$2,617,683-5%1,1230$2,331$9,504,4313MGM
7Scent of a Woman$2,490,168-15%1,24840$1,995$45,013,92410Universal
8Army of Darkness$2,274,285-49%1,3914$1,635$6,698,8202Universal
9A Few Good Men$1,922,482-17%1,278-46$1,504$129,469,89912Columbia
10Loaded Weapon 1$1,811,928-39%1,636-347$1,108$20,100,6304New Line