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, Jul. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Independence Day$35,242,046-30%2,90826$12,119$160,311,9042Fox
2Phenomenon$12,975,141-20%1,973336$6,576$29,134,0422Disney
3Courage Under Fire$12,501,586--1,986--$6,295$12,501,5861Fox
4The Nutty Professor (1996)$12,207,690-30%2,17840$5,605$55,108,3223Universal
5Harriet the Spy$6,601,651--1,826--$3,615$6,601,6511Paramount
6The Hunchback of Notre Dame$6,425,235-28%2,671-164$2,406$50,665,9624Disney
7Eraser$6,307,035-28%2,506-50$2,517$56,829,0344Warner Bros.
8The Rock$4,382,033-31%1,848-289$2,371$117,437,8166Disney
9Striptease$3,016,200-37%1,841-138$1,638$20,154,8843Sony / Columbia
10Twister (1996)$1,848,700-33%1,292-585$1,431$139,166,97510Warner Bros.