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. 25 - Sun, Feb. 27

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Whole Nine Yards$9,563,311-30%2,9100$3,286$28,446,4362Warner Bros.
2Snow Day$8,336,189-28%2,7097$3,077$42,675,5673Paramount
3Reindeer Games$8,128,356--2,204--$3,688$8,128,3561Miramax / Dimension
4Hanging Up$7,437,624-53%2,6180$2,841$26,001,0352Sony / Columbia
5Pitch Black$7,136,877-39%1,93098$3,698$22,994,3452USA Films
6The Tigger Movie$6,307,285-23%2,81863$2,238$30,646,9533Disney
7Wonder Boys$5,808,919--1,253--$4,636$5,856,8532Paramount
8Scream 3$5,021,034-42%3,099-269$1,620$78,820,4974Miramax / Dimension
9American Beauty$4,607,709-30%1,32336$3,483$80,822,25124DreamWorks
10The Cider House Rules$4,066,25119%1,346489$3,021$24,076,29012Miramax