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, Aug. 10 - Sun, Aug. 12

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Pie 2$45,116,870--3,063--$14,730$45,116,8701Universal
2Rush Hour 2$33,117,312-51%3,1180$10,621$132,988,5122New Line
3The Princess Diaries$14,216,447-38%2,706169$5,254$52,094,8702Disney
4The Others$14,089,952--1,678--$8,397$14,089,9521Miramax
5Planet of the Apes (2001)$13,302,881-52%3,401-129$3,911$148,717,7773Fox
6Jurassic Park III$7,524,036-39%3,175-287$2,370$160,397,1384Universal
7Osmosis Jones$5,271,248--2,305--$2,287$5,271,2481Warner Bros.
8America's Sweethearts$4,405,836-45%2,686-325$1,640$83,230,7654Sony / Columbia
9Legally Blonde$3,774,114-35%2,031-505$1,858$50,111,9135MGM
10Original Sin$3,075,072-52%2,1940$1,402$9,477,8132MGM