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, Jun. 28 - Sun, Jun. 30

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Nutty Professor (1996)$25,411,792--2,115--$12,015$25,411,7921Universal
2Eraser$17,165,544-30%2,556146$6,716$41,731,9902Warner Bros.
3The Hunchback of Notre Dame$14,310,376-32%2,7780$5,151$35,347,7902Disney
4Striptease$12,322,069--1,970--$6,255$12,322,0691Sony / Columbia
5The Rock$10,982,957-24%2,409-17$4,559$98,299,7174Disney
6Mission: Impossible$4,833,016-25%2,212-199$2,185$164,269,7246Paramount
7The Cable Guy$4,807,198-53%2,590-67$1,856$50,450,8983Sony / Columbia
8Twister (1996)$4,787,383-27%2,318-214$2,065$134,578,0488Warner Bros.
9Dragonheart$1,848,165-37%1,461-546$1,265$32,002,1855Universal
10The Phantom$855,662-46%1,580-384$542$10,590,1384Paramount