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. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Vantage Point$22,874,528--3,149--$7,264$22,874,5281Sony / Columbia
2The Spiderwick Chronicles$13,101,057-31%3,8470$3,406$44,078,4082Paramount
3Jumper$12,708,412-54%3,4302$3,705$56,264,1062Fox
4Step Up 2 the Streets$9,605,747-49%2,48010$3,873$41,238,7632Disney
5Fool's Gold$6,553,439-49%3,075-50$2,131$52,717,1713Warner Bros.
6Definitely, Maybe$5,217,879-47%2,22016$2,350$21,814,8372Universal
7Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins$4,159,533-51%1,873-514$2,221$35,666,0503Universal
8Juno$4,155,244-10%1,727-138$2,406$130,438,2639Fox Searchlight
9The Bucket List$2,511,210-37%1,902-405$1,320$85,115,5837Warner Bros.
10No Country for Old Men$2,404,68228%1,101176$2,184$62,833,11916Miramax