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, Nov. 17 - Sun, Nov. 19

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Happy Feet$41,534,608--3,804--$10,919$41,534,6081Warner Bros.
2Casino Royale (2006)$40,833,504--3,434--$11,891$40,833,5041Sony / Columbia
3Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan$14,602,571-48%2,61145$5,593$90,756,7423Fox
4The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$8,302,287-51%3,359-99$2,472$51,701,5823Disney
5Stranger Than Fiction$6,605,056-51%2,2706$2,910$22,904,4012Sony / Columbia
6Flushed Away$6,596,081-60%3,307-400$1,995$48,587,5603Paramount / DreamWorks
7Saw III$2,915,600-58%1,942-1071$1,501$74,965,5824Lionsgate
8Babel$2,904,760-48%1,2510$2,322$12,018,0954Paramount Vantage
9The Departed$2,585,184-50%1,611-599$1,605$113,845,7317Warner Bros.
10Let's Go to Prison$2,219,324--1,495--$1,484$2,219,3241Universal