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, Dec. 9 - Sun, Dec. 11

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Disclosure$10,068,126--1,675--$6,011$10,068,1261Warner Bros.
2The Santa Clause$8,883,136-22%2,38148$3,731$77,170,7715Disney
3Drop Zone$6,143,566--2,020--$3,041$6,143,5661Paramount
4Star Trek: Generations$2,877,922-51%2,245-436$1,282$45,020,9734Paramount
5Junior$2,716,240-47%1,78738$1,520$17,670,1904Universal
6A Low Down Dirty Shame$2,463,637-48%1,244-135$1,980$15,200,4973Disney
7Interview with the Vampire$2,216,367-57%2,0860$1,062$72,925,5665Warner Bros.
8The Lion King$2,211,922-29%1,57416$1,405$152,620,80625Disney
9Miracle on 34th Street (1994)$1,464,634-27%1,25536$1,167$10,034,0784Fox
10Trapped in Paradise$1,274,213-54%1,274-12$1,000$4,018,8662Fox