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. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$44,041,786--3,504--$12,569$72,388,9691Warner Bros.
2Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$22,221,664--3,350--$6,633$38,508,0231MGM
3Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$14,009,283-63%3,48526$4,020$67,069,4622Sony / Columbia
4Finding Nemo$11,057,912-21%2,902-431$3,810$274,938,1466Disney
5Hulk$8,226,138-56%3,291-383$2,500$117,014,1553Universal
6Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$6,875,259--3,086--$2,228$10,058,7301DreamWorks
728 Days Later$6,007,732-40%1,407147$4,270$20,557,4502Fox Searchlight
8The Italian Job$4,172,848-24%1,584-437$2,634$83,877,2706Paramount
9Bruce Almighty$4,012,358-35%1,929-722$2,080$228,652,6827Universal
102 Fast 2 Furious$2,641,543-58%1,779-1038$1,485$119,436,8055Universal