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. 28 - Sun, Aug. 30

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$27,408,547--3,121--$8,782$27,408,5471Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$19,303,393-49%3,1650$6,099$73,021,3532Weinstein Company
3Halloween II (2009)$16,348,096--3,025--$5,404$16,348,0961Weinstein / Dimension
4District 9$10,270,273-44%3,180130$3,230$90,383,7533Sony / TriStar
5G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$7,714,466-37%3,467-486$2,225$132,150,0584Paramount
6Julie & Julia$7,034,766-20%2,50340$2,811$70,632,5804Sony / Columbia
7The Time Traveler's Wife$6,451,431-34%2,961-27$2,179$47,901,0393Warner Bros. / New Line
8Shorts$4,512,327-30%3,1050$1,453$13,207,1932Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$3,457,927--1,393--$2,482$3,478,3831Focus Features
10G-Force$2,825,193-31%1,926-635$1,467$111,781,6896Disney