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. 9 - Sun, Jul. 11

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Pie$18,709,700--2,508--$7,460$18,709,7001Universal
2Wild Wild West$16,833,040-39%3,3420$5,037$76,568,5782Warner Bros.
3Big Daddy$16,030,412-20%3,254133$4,926$77,580,1973Sony / Columbia
4Tarzan (1999)$10,811,295-22%3,13128$3,453$83,143,6364Disney
5The General's Daughter$7,929,825-26%2,710-148$2,926$56,146,6704Paramount
6Arlington Road$7,515,145--1,631--$4,608$7,515,1451Sony / Columbia
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace$7,493,049-21%2,447-181$3,062$385,187,9488Fox
8South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut$7,062,131-38%2,1280$3,319$35,260,9652Paramount
9Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me$6,827,232-24%2,608-483$2,618$150,278,8775New Line
10Summer of Sam$3,466,010-42%1,5360$2,257$14,092,0972Disney