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, Nov. 12 - Sun, Nov. 14

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Incredibles$50,250,676-29%3,9330$12,777$143,254,9052Disney
2The Polar Express$23,324,698--3,650--$6,390$30,630,4181Warner Bros.
3After the Sunset$11,100,392--2,819--$3,938$11,100,3921New Line
4Seed of Chucky$8,774,520--2,061--$4,257$8,774,5201Rogue
5Ray$8,410,892-38%2,47411$3,400$52,521,6893Universal
6The Grudge$7,011,571-45%2,816-520$2,490$99,249,8364Sony / Columbia
7Saw$6,437,256-42%2,4670$2,609$45,753,2483Lionsgate
8Shall We Dance (2004)$4,024,327-29%2,065-477$1,949$48,681,5075Miramax
9Alfie$2,737,910-56%2,2150$1,236$11,100,5382Paramount
10Shark Tale$2,098,333-54%1,622-1195$1,294$157,530,3897DreamWorks