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, Jul. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black II$24,409,644-53%3,61154$6,760$132,688,8342Sony / Columbia
2Road to Perdition$22,078,656--1,797--$12,286$22,078,6561DreamWorks
3Reign of Fire$15,631,354--2,629--$5,946$15,631,3541Disney
4Halloween: Resurrection$12,292,121--1,954--$6,291$12,292,1211Miramax / Dimension
5Mr. Deeds$10,842,038-41%3,2398$3,347$93,974,8073Sony / Columbia
6The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course$9,537,123--2,525--$3,777$9,537,1231MGM
7Lilo & Stitch$8,024,436-37%2,940-282$2,729$118,409,2874Disney
8Like Mike$7,832,941-36%2,43626$3,215$32,722,6842Fox
9Minority Report$7,216,069-43%2,419-310$2,983$110,139,0644Fox
10The Bourne Identity$5,761,870-37%2,199-313$2,620$99,025,4755Universal