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. 4 - Sun, Feb. 6

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ace Ventura: Pet Detective$12,115,105--1,750--$6,923$12,115,1051Warner Bros.
2Mrs. Doubtfire$6,916,809-11%2,138-111$3,235$122,217,83311Fox
3Philadelphia$5,819,694-20%1,59432$3,651$24,222,0447TriStar
4My Father the Hero$5,645,251--1,193--$4,732$5,645,2511Disney
5I'll Do Anything$4,702,625--1,205--$3,903$4,702,6251Columbia
6Grumpy Old Men$4,522,020-11%1,722-3$2,626$39,837,7127Warner Bros.
7Blink$3,948,157-10%1,54013$2,564$8,358,2342New Line
8Intersection$2,553,039-36%1,3000$1,964$14,372,8913Paramount
9Iron Will$2,304,541-27%1,527-335$1,509$14,906,7774Disney
10The Pelican Brief$2,085,504-26%1,695-35$1,230$64,110,1618Warner Bros.