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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 4 - Sun, Jan. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$22,500,000--2,654--$8,478$22,500,0001Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$19,800,000-34%3,0100$6,578$106,069,3772Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,500,000-45%3,755-345$4,660$263,789,5074Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$16,300,000-40%2,90490$5,613$103,787,4802Universal
5Parental Guidance$10,300,000-29%3,3681$3,058$52,935,0792Fox
6Jack Reacher$9,400,000-31%3,288-64$2,859$64,904,3413Paramount
7This is 40$8,700,000-30%2,93117$2,968$54,601,8453Universal
8Lincoln$5,400,000-26%1,901-65$2,841$144,075,2199Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$4,700,000-28%2,312-119$2,033$31,376,9343Paramount
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$3,900,000-40%2,103-515$1,854$27,893,6493Disney
11Promised Land (2012)$3,850,0002114%1,6761651$2,297$4,195,5282Focus
12Skyfall$3,250,000-28%1,307-330$2,487$296,979,5709Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$2,800,000-43%1,507-548$1,858$97,352,0847Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,600,000-12%7450$4,832$34,660,0598Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,850,000-25%965-213$2,953$91,076,0967Fox
3The Impossible$2,500,0001269%572557$4,371$3,157,0293Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,600,000722%6055$43,333$4,310,1323Sony / Columbia