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, Jun. 11 - Sun, Jun. 13

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me$54,917,604--3,312--$16,581$57,443,0071New Line
2Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace$25,632,690-22%3,0240$8,476$296,964,7214Fox
3Notting Hill$11,257,981-25%2,78028$4,050$67,514,1093Universal
4Instinct$6,816,428-34%2,08728$3,266$17,206,8152Disney
5The Mummy (1999)$5,483,368-26%3,098-313$1,770$136,213,5126Universal
6Entrapment$2,738,449-28%2,147-443$1,275$61,615,5007Fox
7The Matrix$2,069,502-16%1,907-138$1,085$161,567,59911Warner Bros.
8The Thirteenth Floor$1,232,555-39%1,8150$679$9,676,6113Sony / Columbia
9Never Been Kissed$700,642-40%1,275-810$550$41,471,39810Fox