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, Feb. 28 - Sun, Mar. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cradle 2 the Grave$16,522,788--2,625--$6,294$16,522,7881Warner Bros.
2Old School$14,039,605-20%2,74253$5,120$37,381,4152DreamWorks
3Daredevil$11,119,735-39%3,234-240$3,438$84,186,8203Fox
4How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$10,253,436-12%2,9230$3,508$77,620,1864Paramount
5Chicago$7,853,903-5%2,44792$3,210$104,897,21810Miramax
6The Jungle Book 2$6,984,862-20%2,814-1$2,482$33,867,8353Disney
7Shanghai Knights$5,027,050-23%2,515-11$1,999$50,928,6794Disney
8The Life of David Gale$4,536,695-36%2,0031$2,265$13,606,4032Universal
9Gods and Generals$2,946,019-37%1,5330$1,922$8,932,5112Warner Bros.
10The Recruit$2,728,329-20%1,508-170$1,809$48,090,6725Disney