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. 29 - Sun, Oct. 31

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Nightmare Before Christmas$8,212,47732%1,6541091$4,965$14,638,9293Disney
2The Beverly Hillbillies$4,923,073-31%2,148-14$2,292$21,627,0043Fox
3Demolition Man$4,202,828-41%2,141-117$1,963$37,551,7354Warner Bros.
4Cool Runnings$3,694,665-31%1,8324$2,017$32,687,4755Disney
5Rudy$3,603,900-28%1,4655$2,460$9,513,3313TriStar
6Fatal Instinct$3,502,569--1,886--$1,857$3,502,5691MGM
7Malice$2,904,181-29%1,5190$1,912$29,958,9285Columbia
8Judgment Night$1,410,765-44%1,350-195$1,045$8,010,3653Universal
9The Good Son (1993)$1,196,724-43%1,214-294$986$32,461,2666Fox
10The Fugitive (1993)$1,122,563-24%1,033-13$1,087$113,341,83413Warner Bros.