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, Jun. 17 - Sun, Jun. 19

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Batman Begins$48,746,278--3,858--$12,635$72,898,9961Warner Bros.
2Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$26,035,856-48%3,45127$7,544$96,695,7822Fox
3Madagascar$10,737,092-38%3,533-396$3,039$146,832,2754DreamWorks
4Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$10,038,506-32%2,923-399$3,434$348,137,7325Fox
5The Longest Yard (2005)$8,240,628-41%3,312-342$2,488$132,143,5174Paramount
6The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$6,692,907-47%2,6550$2,521$24,017,9442Miramax / Dimension
7Cinderella Man$5,570,553-43%2,610-210$2,134$43,893,3763Universal
8The Perfect Man$5,301,517--2,087--$2,540$5,301,5171Universal
9The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants$3,127,203-45%2,206-377$1,418$30,158,1453Warner Bros.
10The Honeymooners$2,649,269-52%1,9120$1,386$9,554,4082Paramount