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, Oct. 20 - Sun, Oct. 22

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Parents$16,015,929-24%2,6194$6,115$80,724,7293Universal
2Bedazzled (2000)$13,106,526--2,568--$5,104$13,106,5261Fox
3Remember the Titans$9,920,460-24%2,80175$3,542$77,361,2574Disney
4Pay It Forward$9,631,359--2,130--$4,522$9,631,3591Warner Bros.
5The Legend of Drunken Master$3,845,278--1,342--$2,865$3,845,2781Miramax / Dimension
6The Contender$3,484,933-35%1,57155$2,218$10,552,4602DreamWorks
7Lost Souls$3,237,772-59%1,9700$1,644$11,192,5382New Line
8The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen$2,910,788-44%1,70853$1,704$27,969,1705Warner Bros.
9The Ladies Man$2,813,168-48%2,04321$1,377$8,239,5582Paramount
10Dr. T and the Women$2,379,758-53%1,4890$1,598$7,392,6252Artisan