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, Oct. 10 - Sun, Oct. 12

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kill Bill Vol. 1$22,089,322--3,102--$7,121$22,089,3221Miramax
2School of Rock$15,488,232-21%2,929315$5,288$39,672,0972Paramount
3Good Boy!$13,108,038--3,225--$4,065$13,108,0381MGM
4Intolerable Cruelty$12,525,468--2,564--$4,885$12,525,4681Universal
5Out of Time$8,588,688-47%3,0760$2,792$28,709,3832MGM
6House of the Dead$5,683,280--1,520--$3,739$5,683,2801Artisan
7The Rundown$5,208,527-46%2,823-331$1,845$40,287,9363Universal
8Under the Tuscan Sun$4,910,970-36%1,7014$2,887$28,307,1033Disney
9Secondhand Lions$3,297,211-36%2,563-469$1,286$35,394,8724New Line
10Underworld$2,289,431-55%1,906-809$1,201$48,778,3794Sony / Screen Gems