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, Aug. 15 - Sun, Aug. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$25,500,000-61%3,980135$6,407$114,742,2362Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$24,000,000-43%3,697-391$6,492$221,545,8213Disney
3Let's Be Cops$17,200,000--3,094--$5,559$25,607,2641Fox
4The Expendables 3$16,000,000--3,221--$4,967$16,000,0001Lionsgate
5The Giver$11,850,000--3,003--$3,946$11,850,0001Weinstein Company
6Into the Storm$7,800,000-55%3,4340$2,271$31,421,4362Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$6,850,000-38%2,04320$3,353$23,360,1312Disney / DreamWorks
8Lucy$5,200,000-45%2,520-627$2,063$107,419,5054Universal
9Step Up All In$2,520,000-61%2,0720$1,216$11,669,3342Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$1,950,000-66%1,475-1421$1,322$67,991,2224Paramount
11Get On Up$1,800,000-65%1,101-1368$1,635$26,900,6553Universal
12Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,770,000-59%1,262-1044$1,403$201,682,3606Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge: Anarchy$1,750,000-23%575-1027$3,043$71,244,3805Universal
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,000,000-59%960-1320$1,042$55,695,7595Disney
3What If$900,000572%787767$1,144$1,105,8552CBS Films
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$540,000-22%377-149$1,432$171,202,59310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Calvary$400,00057%13187$3,053$890,0363Fox Searchlight
6Sex Tape$355,000-68%317-627$1,120$37,794,3805Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$320,000-73%362-749$884$14,311,4274Clarius Entertainment
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$231,000-17%223-4$1,036$232,471,05313Fox
922 Jump Street$200,000-43%172-141$1,163$189,910,10010Sony / Columbia
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$180,000-69%206-374$874$243,316,9308Paramount
11The Fault in Our Stars$165,000-18%206-17$801$124,162,16011Fox
12Chef$155,000-52%122-120$1,270$29,282,82115Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fluffy Movie$37,000-61%51-105$725$2,781,9644Open Road