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, Jun. 29 - Sun, Jul. 1

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A.I. Artificial Intelligence$29,352,630--3,242--$9,054$29,352,6301Warner Bros.
2The Fast and the Furious$20,055,421-50%2,72395$7,365$77,868,5452Universal
3Dr. Dolittle 2$15,812,072-37%3,0534$5,179$27,778,4882Fox
4Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$10,212,454-48%3,34937$3,049$65,524,1563Paramount
5Baby Boy$8,606,403--1,533--$5,614$11,688,7731Sony / Columbia
6Atlantis: The Lost Empire$8,285,689-34%3,030-41$2,735$35,415,2403Disney
7Shrek$7,706,164-26%2,704-303$2,850$228,141,5387DreamWorks
8Pearl Harbor$4,722,956-31%2,305-363$2,049$179,737,8236Disney
9crazy/beautiful$4,715,060--1,601--$2,945$4,715,0601Disney
10Swordfish$4,342,757-44%2,225-435$1,952$30,238,1314Warner Bros.