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. 1 - Sun, Feb. 3

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Eye (2008)$12,424,695--2,436--$5,100$12,424,6951Lionsgate
227 Dresses$8,530,320-36%2,976-98$2,866$57,244,5953Fox
3Meet the Spartans$7,336,913-60%2,64338$2,776$28,542,5122Fox
4Rambo$7,121,716-61%2,76413$2,577$29,920,3062Lionsgate
5Juno$7,013,731-31%2,47549$2,834$109,830,2866Fox Searchlight
6The Bucket List$6,725,827-36%2,9150$2,307$67,549,2474Warner Bros.
7Untraceable$5,076,584-55%2,3680$2,144$19,129,0212Sony / Screen Gems
8Cloverfield$4,841,883-62%3,007-404$1,610$71,916,1623Paramount
9Over Her Dead Body$4,025,115--1,977--$2,036$4,025,1151New Line
10Strange Wilderness$3,002,326--1,208--$2,485$3,002,3261Paramount Classics