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, Feb. 14 - Sun, Feb. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Special Edition$17,539,418-28%2,1040$8,336$77,723,1703Fox
2Absolute Power$14,678,130--2,568--$5,716$14,678,1301Sony / Columbia
3Dante's Peak$11,957,895-35%2,72770$4,385$30,437,3302Universal
4Vegas Vacation$11,304,760--2,054--$5,504$11,304,7601Warner Bros.
5Fools Rush In$9,714,940--1,674--$5,803$9,714,9401Sony / Columbia
6That Darn Cat (1997)$6,424,617--1,891--$3,397$6,424,6171Disney
7Jerry Maguire$4,590,22028%1,730-234$2,653$127,094,31810Sony / TriStar
8The English Patient$4,585,551105%1,11573$4,113$33,834,15014Miramax
9Scream$3,261,988-8%1,431-319$2,280$55,600,3629Miramax / Dimension
10The Beautician and the Beast$3,184,165-22%1,8010$1,768$7,264,3872Paramount