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, Dec. 1 - Sun, Dec. 3

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How the Grinch Stole Christmas$27,095,778-48%3,1384$8,635$171,996,6633Universal
2Unbreakable$14,440,935-52%2,7080$5,333$66,380,2622Disney
3102 Dalmatians$8,295,041-58%2,7040$3,068$36,604,2492Disney
4Rugrats in Paris: The Movie$6,506,221-63%2,9370$2,215$36,929,1303Paramount
5Charlie's Angels$5,019,252-51%2,751-87$1,825$115,422,8995Sony / Columbia
6Bounce$4,415,726-43%2,0140$2,193$23,602,0893Miramax
7Men of Honor$4,176,811-39%2,18862$1,909$32,270,9784Fox
8The 6th Day$4,010,729-47%2,5160$1,594$30,563,1483Sony / Columbia
9Meet the Parents$3,823,285-41%2,317158$1,650$153,200,4569Universal
10Little Nicky$2,223,324-52%2,470-306$900$30,720,5334New Line