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, Jan. 5 - Sun, Jan. 7

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cast Away$22,220,725-28%2,94819$7,538$131,911,8073Fox
2What Women Want (2000)$15,555,033-25%3,0526$5,097$137,901,6804Paramount
3Traffic$15,518,8076093%1,5101506$10,277$15,769,3871USA Films
4The Emperor's New Groove$7,462,207-34%2,774-113$2,690$26,933,3774Disney
5Vertical Limit$5,010,353-39%2,602146$1,926$59,283,1495Sony / Columbia
6Dracula 2000$4,310,742-41%2,2040$1,956$20,278,3733Miramax / Dimension
7Dude, Where's My Car?$3,832,533-34%2,004-14$1,912$29,171,7324Fox
8How the Grinch Stole Christmas$2,503,799-72%2,594-567$965$257,832,3688Universal
9All the Pretty Horses$2,477,053-49%1,59345$1,555$11,507,2062Miramax
10102 Dalmatians$1,630,491-53%1,474-103$1,106$57,039,6757Disney