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, Sep. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maximum Risk$5,612,456--2,358--$2,380$5,612,4561Sony / Columbia
2Fly Away Home$4,708,044--1,320--$3,567$4,708,0441Sony / Columbia
3Bulletproof$4,102,845-32%2,2422$1,830$10,117,2452Universal
4Tin Cup$3,327,083-29%1,930-128$1,724$26,732,4795Warner Bros.
5The Rich Man's Wife$3,132,151--1,006--$3,113$3,132,1511Disney
6First Kid$3,112,013-28%1,873-5$1,662$7,462,9073Disney
7A Time to Kill$2,838,127-26%1,836-220$1,546$66,862,3198Warner Bros.
8The Spitfire Grill$2,433,327-29%1,247200$1,951$5,987,1264Sony / Columbia
9Independence Day$2,063,961-28%1,511-341$1,366$288,449,30111Fox
10Jack$2,009,749-30%1,879-88$1,070$36,333,2396Disney