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. 28 - Sun, Mar. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition$13,145,852-40%2,1121$6,224$35,121,8452Fox
2Donnie Brasco$11,660,216--1,503--$7,758$11,660,2161Sony / TriStar
3Star Wars: Special Edition$6,856,626-38%2,375175$2,887$99,442,7495Fox
4Booty Call$6,429,364--1,272--$5,055$6,429,3641Sony / Columbia
5Absolute Power$5,728,257-36%2,168-400$2,642$36,865,4223Sony / Columbia
6Dante's Peak$5,268,165-26%2,751-10$1,915$30,884,7854Universal
7Vegas Vacation$4,558,084-30%2,0700$2,202$11,107,3273Warner Bros.
8Fools Rush In$3,603,330-35%1,7010$2,118$21,419,3493Sony / Columbia
9Marvin's Room$3,250,409--1,153--$2,819$3,354,5404Miramax
10Jerry Maguire$2,581,451-16%1,353-153$1,908$135,109,71912Sony / TriStar