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, Jan. 23 - Sun, Jan. 25

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$21,623,214-32%3,1440$6,878$64,923,7252Sony / Columbia
2Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$20,829,446--2,942--$7,080$20,829,4461Sony / Screen Gems
3Gran Torino$16,245,042-26%3,04573$5,335$97,821,6603Warner Bros.
4Hotel for Dogs$12,861,097-24%3,2710$3,932$37,455,5952Paramount / DreamWorks
5Slumdog Millionaire$10,698,23183%1,411829$7,582$56,063,99711Fox Searchlight
6My Bloody Valentine 3D$10,011,847-53%2,5340$3,951$37,686,4022Lionsgate
7Inkheart$7,602,161--2,655--$2,863$7,602,1611Warner Bros. / New Line
8Bride Wars$6,869,377-41%2,621-607$2,621$48,570,1793Fox
9The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$6,085,0489%2,26340$2,689$111,125,9075Paramount
10Notorious (2009)$5,779,004-72%1,6413$3,522$31,873,7072Fox Searchlight