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, Jun. 6 - Sun, Jun. 8

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kung Fu Panda$60,238,641--4,114--$14,642$60,238,6411Paramount / DreamWorks
2You Don't Mess with the Zohan$38,531,205--3,462--$11,130$38,531,2051Sony / Columbia
3Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$22,793,396-49%4,190-74$5,440$253,012,9403Paramount
4Sex and the City$21,218,163-63%3,32540$6,381$99,176,0632Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Strangers$8,941,153-57%2,47711$3,610$37,298,9682Universal / Rogue
6Iron Man$7,476,876-45%2,931-719$2,551$288,849,4356Paramount
7The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian$5,658,407-55%3,065-736$1,846$125,975,7334Disney
8What Happens in Vegas$3,439,485-49%2,366-720$1,454$72,267,8095Fox