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, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Are We There Yet?$18,575,280--2,709--$6,857$18,575,2801Sony / Columbia
2Coach Carter$10,549,120-56%2,55228$4,134$42,791,0602Paramount
3Meet the Fockers$9,683,913-57%3,446-108$2,810$247,244,6595Universal
4In Good Company$7,988,456-44%1,963397$4,070$27,426,7514Universal
5Racing Stripes$6,817,269-51%3,1850$2,140$27,089,7022Warner Bros.
6Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)$6,502,724--2,297--$2,831$8,041,2481Rogue
7White Noise$4,989,622-59%2,247-32$2,221$49,381,8053Universal
8The Aviator (2004)$4,837,872-4%2,261305$2,140$58,037,9075Miramax
9The Phantom of the Opera$4,555,31024%1,511604$3,015$33,122,0795Warner Bros.
10Elektra$3,965,605-69%3,203-1$1,238$20,374,0532Fox