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. 30 - Sun, Jan. 1

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dumb and Dumber$11,828,55924%2,4733$4,783$28,192,0013New Line
2Disclosure$11,731,48339%2,1680$5,411$37,543,7654Warner Bros.
3The Jungle Book (1994)$10,186,66999%1,981101$5,142$15,316,6282Disney
4The Santa Clause$8,169,410-17%2,2951$3,560$104,033,8068Disney
5Street Fighter$7,178,360-25%1,73665$4,135$21,291,7302Universal
6Richie Rich$6,856,97184%1,7480$3,923$6,856,9713Warner Bros.
7Little Women (1994)$6,776,553181%1,57471$4,305$18,292,8732Sony / Columbia
8I.Q.$6,379,611104%1,4112$4,521$9,510,8122Paramount
9Speechless$3,743,05612%1,4040$2,666$11,042,2093MGM
10Drop Zone$3,380,4086%1,762-143$1,919$16,736,7744Paramount