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, Oct. 16 - Sun, Oct. 18

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Practical Magic$13,104,694--2,652--$4,941$13,104,6941Warner Bros.
2Bride of Chucky$11,830,855--2,412--$4,905$11,830,8551Universal
3Antz$11,216,740-24%2,90390$3,864$51,451,0103DreamWorks
4Rush Hour$8,247,411-26%2,72423$3,028$88,049,7305New Line
5Beloved (1998)$8,165,551--1,501--$5,440$8,165,5511Disney
6What Dreams May Come$6,403,270-41%2,506-25$2,555$33,154,0053PolyGram
7A Night at the Roxbury$3,818,323-37%2,1690$1,760$19,531,9593Paramount
8Urban Legend$2,887,189-39%2,063-194$1,400$24,881,0274Sony / TriStar
9Ronin$2,803,564-40%1,982-505$1,415$27,382,0764MGM
10Holy Man$2,415,756-53%2,0130$1,200$7,522,6752Disney