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, Aug. 12 - Sun, Aug. 14

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Four Brothers$21,177,047--2,533--$8,360$21,177,0471Paramount
2The Skeleton Key$16,057,889--2,771--$5,795$16,057,8891Universal
3The Dukes of Hazzard$13,012,161-58%3,7850$3,438$57,460,7562Warner Bros.
4Wedding Crashers$11,834,614-26%3,13125$3,780$163,873,0015New Line
5Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo$9,626,083--3,127--$3,078$9,626,0831Sony / Columbia
6Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$7,412,267-32%3,304-398$2,243$183,940,6635Warner Bros.
7March of the Penguins$6,847,946-4%2,063196$3,319$37,721,2698Warner Independent
8Sky High$6,309,768-30%2,807-105$2,248$43,500,2633Disney
9Must Love Dogs$4,575,126-38%2,420-85$1,891$34,607,5923Warner Bros.
10Fantastic Four$2,342,870-45%1,617-722$1,449$148,513,3296Fox