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. 26 - Sun, Feb. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
18MM$14,253,991--2,370--$6,014$14,253,9911Sony / Columbia
2Payback (1999)$6,788,367-34%2,85284$2,380$40,367,0594Paramount
3The Other Sister$6,624,445--1,343--$4,933$6,624,4451Disney
4Message in a Bottle$6,412,737-36%2,5450$2,520$18,556,4953Warner Bros.
5My Favorite Martian$4,973,960-28%2,34937$2,117$23,066,5993Disney
6October Sky$4,808,150-19%1,702207$2,825$10,713,4002Universal
7Shakespeare in Love$4,372,632-25%1,920-110$2,277$45,682,24512Miramax
8She's All That$3,608,973-32%2,301-338$1,568$36,615,0165Miramax
9Blast from the Past$3,503,125-40%2,516-28$1,392$18,502,6153New Line
10Office Space$2,494,756-41%1,7400$1,434$6,726,4832Fox