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, Feb. 2 - Sun, Feb. 4

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Messengers$14,713,163--2,528--$5,820$14,713,1631Sony / Screen Gems
2Because I Said So$13,124,048--2,526--$5,196$13,124,0481Universal
3Epic Movie$8,411,985-55%2,84039$2,962$29,556,0362Fox
4Night at the Museum$6,385,448-33%3,003-238$2,126$225,002,6727Fox
5Smokin' Aces$6,112,056-58%2,2191$2,754$24,742,4842Universal
6Stomp the Yard$4,055,695-47%2,16954$1,870$55,859,0864Sony / Screen Gems
7Dreamgirls$4,001,125-41%2,79712$1,431$92,752,9116Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pan's Labyrinth$3,682,727-23%1,082259$3,404$21,712,3226Picturehouse
9The Pursuit of Happyness$2,966,369-40%2,233-455$1,328$157,216,9928Sony / Columbia
10The Queen$2,650,134-34%1,85020$1,433$45,409,28319Miramax