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, Sep. 29 - Sun, Oct. 1

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Remember the Titans$20,905,831--1,865--$11,210$20,905,8311Disney
2The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen$7,205,523-12%1,150486$6,266$15,381,1892Warner Bros.
3Almost Famous$5,570,441-20%1,635442$3,407$14,811,5543DreamWorks
4Urban Legends: Final Cut$4,406,105-48%2,5390$1,735$12,911,6182Sony / Columbia
5Bring It On$3,008,222-30%2,4669$1,220$59,692,7276Universal
6The Watcher$2,280,991-38%2,636-141$865$26,011,8004Universal
7Nurse Betty$2,072,981-37%1,489-2$1,392$21,314,4804USA Films
8Bait$1,731,888-49%2,010-342$862$10,583,1533Warner Bros.
9What Lies Beneath$1,644,682-25%1,674-145$982$150,594,80011DreamWorks
10Space Cowboys$1,402,641-35%2,006-164$699$85,100,8339Warner Bros.