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. 26 - Sun, Feb. 28

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shutter Island$22,665,205-45%9,0096018$2,516$75,541,2712Paramount
2Cop Out$18,211,126--3,150--$5,781$18,211,1261Warner Bros.
3The Crazies$16,067,552--2,477--$6,487$16,067,5521Overture
4Avatar$13,655,274-16%2,456-5287$5,560$706,920,93411Fox
5Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$9,583,421-37%3,302-94$2,902$70,998,2803Fox
6Valentine's Day$9,063,036-46%3,578-87$2,533$99,916,2403Warner Bros. / New Line
7Dear John$4,808,498-33%3,006-56$1,600$72,432,0964Sony / Screen Gems
8The Wolfman$4,259,865-57%3,043-180$1,400$57,380,1253Universal
9The Tooth Fairy$3,425,333-21%2,249-274$1,523$53,841,9046Fox
10Crazy Heart$2,462,384-17%1,14859$2,145$25,009,07711Fox Searchlight