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, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blade II$32,528,016--2,707--$12,016$32,528,0161New Line
2Ice Age$30,056,848-35%3,34529$8,986$87,292,3362Fox
3E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2002 re-issue)$14,224,141--3,007--$4,730$14,224,1411Universal
4Showtime$8,145,169-46%2,9170$2,792$26,803,5832Warner Bros.
5Resident Evil$6,704,518-62%2,5280$2,652$28,934,3872Sony / Screen Gems
6We Were Soldiers$5,728,150-33%2,859-284$2,004$60,738,5684Paramount
7The Time Machine$5,324,460-51%2,809-149$1,896$48,160,2593DreamWorks
8Sorority Boys$4,126,371--1,801--$2,291$4,126,3711Disney
940 Days and 40 Nights$2,719,233-38%1,831-481$1,485$34,135,8504Miramax
10All About the Benjamins$2,257,026-55%1,123-396$2,010$21,301,3153New Line