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, Nov. 28 - Sun, Nov. 30

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Four Christmases$31,070,453--3,310--$9,387$46,054,7061Warner Bros. / New Line
2Bolt$26,580,8211%3,6543$7,274$66,848,9002Disney
3Twilight (2008)$26,342,909-62%3,4256$7,691$119,705,6452Summit
4Quantum of Solace$18,834,678-29%3,50143$5,380$141,419,3783Sony / Columbia
5Australia$14,801,313--2,642--$5,602$20,005,5451Fox
6Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$14,207,114-9%3,709-298$3,830$159,066,0084Paramount / DreamWorks
7Transporter 3$12,062,918--2,626--$4,594$18,230,5661Lionsgate
8Role Models$5,284,000-28%2,195-538$2,407$57,871,1924Universal
9Changeling$1,207,273-55%1,010-729$1,195$33,852,1576Universal
10High School Musical 3: Senior Year$1,061,326-48%1,385-976$766$88,748,0356Disney