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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Aug. 9 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 9 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sixth Sense$4,350,763-50%2,161--$2,013$30,705,8841Disney
2Runaway Bride$2,643,890-55%3,1613$836$76,089,6222Paramount
3The Thomas Crown Affair$1,500,985-66%2,427--$618$15,784,2611MGM
4Mystery Men$1,217,646-59%2,136--$570$11,237,2431Universal
5Inspector Gadget$1,183,363-62%2,862-15$413$65,317,2153Disney
6The Haunting$780,427-59%2,88117$271$78,119,3263DreamWorks
7American Pie$601,639-57%1,795-641$335$86,110,1415Universal
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace$303,525-60%1,199-429$253$413,084,70612Fox
9Wild Wild West$88,510-56%1,157-994$76$110,819,0216Warner Bros.