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, Oct. 21 - Sun, Oct. 23

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Doom$15,488,834--3,044--$5,088$15,488,8341Universal
2Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story$9,177,499--2,007--$4,573$9,177,4991DreamWorks
3Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit$8,584,953-26%3,472-184$2,473$43,920,8583DreamWorks
4The Fog (2005)$6,665,944-43%2,9720$2,243$20,914,7592Sony / Columbia
5North Country$6,423,242--2,555--$2,514$6,423,2421Warner Bros.
6Elizabethtown$5,621,378-47%2,5170$2,233$18,849,6512Paramount
7Flightplan$4,724,769-27%2,513-598$1,880$77,294,4315Disney
8In Her Shoes$3,884,190-36%2,237-603$1,736$26,178,6123Fox
9A History of Violence$2,699,962-25%1,308-40$2,064$26,064,3785New Line
10Two for the Money$2,421,879-48%1,693-704$1,431$20,708,0443Universal