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, Jul. 17 - Sun, Jul. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mask of Zorro$22,525,855--2,515--$8,957$22,525,8551Sony / TriStar
2Lethal Weapon 4$21,727,030-36%3,1170$6,970$55,775,1542Warner Bros.
3Armageddon$16,591,782-30%3,18448$5,211$94,351,8473Disney
4There's Something About Mary$13,740,644--2,186--$6,286$17,797,8671Fox
5Doctor Dolittle (1998)$9,478,938-26%2,805-64$3,379$71,046,4604Fox
6Small Soldiers$8,648,530-38%2,61374$3,310$30,317,8662DreamWorks
7Mulan$4,914,002-30%2,283-473$2,152$63,178,1215Disney
8Madeline$4,381,140-32%1,8630$2,352$10,795,8082Sony / TriStar
9The Truman Show$2,172,376-39%1,540-646$1,411$84,234,2997Paramount
10Six Days, Seven Nights$2,103,213-43%1,416-545$1,485$46,372,0276Disney