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, May. 16 - Sun, May. 18

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fifth Element$11,410,401-33%2,5000$4,564$34,213,7512Sony / Columbia
2Father's Day$6,108,652-30%2,50725$2,437$14,884,8112Warner Bros.
3Breakdown$5,947,444-22%2,34449$2,537$25,872,8103Paramount
4Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery$5,844,089-17%2,1870$2,672$22,457,1843New Line
5Volcano$3,596,177-20%2,636-14$1,364$31,772,3554Fox
6Liar Liar$3,204,162-11%2,100-212$1,526$160,621,9369Universal
7Romy & Michele's High School Reunion$2,240,691-23%1,6071$1,394$17,894,3554Disney
8Anaconda$2,220,707-17%2,032-270$1,093$45,559,7586Sony / Columbia
9Scream$1,459,743--1,114--$1,310$67,926,31622Miramax / Dimension
10The Saint$1,417,422-9%1,625-105$872$45,320,7797Paramount