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, Dec. 26 - Sun, Dec. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$50,598,687-30%3,7030$13,664$222,269,3082New Line
2Cheaper by the Dozen$27,557,999--3,298--$8,356$35,397,5661Fox
3Cold Mountain$14,575,807--2,163--$6,739$19,081,0651Miramax
4Something's Gotta Give$13,814,64921%2,70932$5,100$55,898,1313Sony / Columbia
5Paycheck$13,460,813--2,762--$4,874$18,612,9171Paramount
6Mona Lisa Smile$11,349,765-2%2,6770$4,240$31,224,9672Sony / Columbia
7Peter Pan (2003)$11,139,453--2,813--$3,960$14,627,9331Universal
8The Last Samurai$8,327,5277%2,557-381$3,257$74,326,2634Warner Bros.
9Bad Santa$4,527,592-11%1,710-515$2,648$50,962,1635Miramax / Dimension
10Elf$3,906,028-29%2,015-436$1,938$164,673,1968New Line