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. 21 - Sun, Jul. 23

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1What Lies Beneath$29,703,529--2,813--$10,559$29,703,5291DreamWorks
2X-Men$23,468,310-57%3,11287$7,541$99,320,8672Fox
3Pokemon: The Movie 2000$19,575,608--2,752--$7,113$19,575,6081Warner Bros.
4Scary Movie$15,124,155-42%3,301149$4,582$117,223,1753Miramax / Dimension
5The Perfect Storm$9,680,952-43%3,203-204$3,022$145,357,7264Warner Bros.
6Disney's The Kid$6,688,762-36%2,34323$2,855$42,334,4883Disney
7The Patriot$6,240,288-41%2,751-310$2,268$93,408,1424Sony / Columbia
8Loser$6,008,611--2,016--$2,980$6,008,6111Sony / Columbia
9Chicken Run$4,602,125-42%2,577-376$1,786$53,153,8385DreamWorks
10Me, Myself & Irene$3,022,477-47%2,450-400$1,234$83,007,3645Fox