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, Jul. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hancock$62,603,459--3,965--$15,789$103,877,9981Sony / Columbia
2WALL-E$32,508,676-48%3,9920$8,143$127,196,8992Disney
3Wanted (2008)$20,050,267-61%3,18510$6,295$90,185,2702Universal
4Get Smart$11,108,770-45%3,574-341$3,108$98,103,2803Warner Bros.
5Kung Fu Panda$7,318,731-37%3,347-323$2,187$193,222,2765Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Incredible Hulk$4,898,177-49%3,043-306$1,610$124,841,2124Universal
7Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$3,774,128-27%2,192-364$1,722$306,426,5417Paramount
8Kit Kittredge: An American Girl$3,298,5792970%1,8431838$1,790$5,822,6793Picturehouse
9Sex and the City$2,381,777-37%1,275-480$1,868$144,892,8436Warner Bros. / New Line
10You Don't Mess with the Zohan$1,980,609-38%1,731-416$1,144$94,771,4825Sony / Columbia