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. 25 - Sun, Feb. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ace Ventura: Pet Detective$6,512,350-36%1,96340$3,318$38,512,2234Warner Bros.
2On Deadly Ground$6,369,081-42%2,0100$3,169$6,369,0812Warner Bros.
3Blank Check$4,126,297-34%1,727-5$2,389$15,824,5413Disney
4Blue Chips$4,028,996-60%1,9800$2,035$14,152,6012Paramount
5Reality Bites$3,584,325-40%1,17526$3,050$10,575,2322Universal
6Mrs. Doubtfire$2,785,353-39%1,336-44$2,085$133,947,96314Fox
7My Father the Hero$2,750,412-33%1,335-28$2,060$16,505,8094Disney
8My Girl 2$2,411,716-50%1,8530$1,302$12,245,5173Columbia
9Philadelphia$2,225,776-45%1,336-113$1,666$34,692,12710TriStar
10The Getaway (1994)$1,936,255-47%1,549-110$1,250$11,425,7503Universal