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, Dec. 19 - Sun, Dec. 21

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Titanic$28,638,203--2,674--$10,710$28,638,2031Paramount
2Tomorrow Never Dies$25,143,007--2,807--$8,957$25,143,0071MGM/UA
3Scream 2$13,921,565-58%2,638-25$5,277$46,847,9072Miramax / Dimension
4MouseHunt$6,062,295--2,152--$2,817$6,062,2951DreamWorks
5Flubber$4,277,276-37%2,612-67$1,638$58,241,9204Disney
6Home Alone 3$3,470,352-32%2,261114$1,535$8,555,8342Fox
7For Richer or Poorer$3,360,870-44%1,92622$1,745$9,376,8402Universal
8Anastasia$1,664,967-45%1,873-377$889$35,853,5655Fox
9The Rainmaker (1997)$1,415,492-57%1,492-877$949$31,643,6885Paramount
10Alien Resurrection$1,293,424-60%1,588-738$814$37,001,8794Fox