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, May. 20 - Sun, May. 22

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$108,435,635--3,661--$29,619$158,448,6761Fox
2Monster-in-Law$14,350,134-38%3,4240$4,191$44,177,3392New Line
3Kicking & Screaming$10,721,141-47%3,47015$3,090$34,197,7472Universal
4Crash (2005)$5,546,078-21%1,90529$2,911$27,649,5693Lionsgate
5Unleashed$4,123,556-62%1,9625$2,102$17,853,7112Rogue
6Kingdom of Heaven$3,538,204-63%2,808-411$1,260$41,218,3003Fox
7House of Wax$3,289,220-50%2,766-345$1,189$26,915,4183Warner Bros.
8The Interpreter$2,912,194-37%2,164-438$1,346$65,405,4965Universal
9The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy$2,054,788-59%2,211-559$929$46,902,5884Disney
10Mindhunters$1,005,839-47%1,0400$967$3,564,3782Dimension Films