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, Aug. 7 - Sun, Aug. 9

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$54,713,171--4,007--$13,654$54,713,1711Paramount
2Julie & Julia$20,028,772--2,354--$8,508$20,028,7721Sony / Columbia
3G-Force$9,870,531-44%3,482-215$2,835$86,183,1993Disney
4Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$8,926,888-50%3,455-938$2,584$273,848,6724Warner Bros.
5Funny People$7,984,709-65%3,0081$2,654$40,538,3412Universal
6The Ugly Truth$6,749,390-49%2,97593$2,269$68,836,8743Sony / Columbia
7A Perfect Getaway$5,948,675--2,159--$2,755$5,948,6751Universal / Rogue
8Aliens in the Attic$4,021,843-50%3,1082$1,294$16,313,1182Fox
9Orphan$3,674,511-51%2,270-480$1,619$34,769,3403Warner Bros.
10The Hangover$3,368,820-35%1,690-381$1,993$261,988,62110Warner Bros.