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. 3 - Sun, Jan. 5

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1Frozen (2013)$22,500,000-21%3,318-17$6,781$299,616,2047Disney
2Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$17,500,000--2,867--$6,104$17,500,0001Paramount
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$17,000,000-41%3,730-198$4,558$230,384,4224Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$13,700,000-25%2,55720$5,358$63,595,1142Paramount
5American Hustle$13,500,000-28%2,51811$5,361$89,018,9164Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$12,000,000-39%3,407-100$3,522$110,079,5133Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$9,700,000-28%2,1100$4,597$59,963,3894Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$9,200,000-28%2,92213$3,149$46,669,2372Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$8,000,000-20%2,143-172$3,733$408,088,3907Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$5,600,000-20%2,85618$1,961$25,110,0572Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$5,000,000-50%2,6901$1,859$32,630,4652Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$4,200,000-42%2,560-683$1,641$31,803,5933Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,300,000-52%1,474-314$2,239$50,614,9664Lionsgate

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