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.
|#||Title||Thu, Apr. 8 2010||Locations||Avg.||Total||Wks.||Dist.|
|1||Clash of the Titans (2010)||$4,066,177||-4%||3,777||0||$1,077||$83,593,315||1||Warner Bros.|
|2||How to Train Your Dragon||$3,806,116||9%||4,060||5||$937||$108,540,903||2||Paramount / DreamWorks|
|3||The Last Song||$1,526,013||6%||2,673||0||$571||$32,422,870||1||Disney|
|4||Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?||$1,503,089||-7%||2,155||--||$697||$37,519,660||1||Lionsgate|
|5||Alice in Wonderland (2010)||$911,002||4%||2,980||-263||$306||$313,707,788||5||Disney|
|6||Hot Tub Time Machine||$892,235||5%||2,771||0||$322||$31,541,449||2||MGM|
|7||Diary of a Wimpy Kid||$829,151||9%||2,842||-241||$292||$49,655,030||3||Fox|
|8||The Bounty Hunter||$707,949||7%||3,118||44||$227||$51,697,313||3||Sony / Columbia|
|9||She's Out of My League||$189,691||3%||1,390||-1042||$136||$29,476,974||4||Paramount|