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, Feb. 5 - Sun, Feb. 7

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dear John$30,468,614--2,969--$10,262$30,468,6141Sony / Screen Gems
2Avatar$22,850,881-27%3,000-74$7,617$629,705,0708Fox
3From Paris with Love$8,158,860--2,722--$2,997$8,158,8601Lionsgate
4Edge of Darkness$6,855,371-60%3,0660$2,236$28,947,8512Warner Bros.
5The Tooth Fairy$6,629,595-34%3,218-127$2,060$34,462,5683Fox
6When in Rome$5,549,129-55%2,4560$2,259$20,944,7342Disney
7The Book of Eli$4,717,335-47%2,820-255$1,673$82,045,1404Warner Bros.
8Legion$3,453,651-52%2,339-137$1,477$34,731,9343Sony / Screen Gems
9Sherlock Holmes$2,535,174-44%1,805-445$1,405$201,484,4707Warner Bros.
10The Blind Side$2,503,224-17%1,740-11$1,439$241,369,61612Warner Bros.