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 Wed, Sep. 15 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stigmata$1,287,896-19%2,899--$444$22,295,7391MGM
2The Sixth Sense$1,082,299-10%2,7838$389$199,983,7666Disney
3Stir of Echoes$513,519-7%1,888--$272$7,167,8731Artisan
4Runaway Bride$293,010-2%2,773-332$106$140,996,3487Paramount
5The Thomas Crown Affair$265,204-7%1,849-128$143$61,782,1276MGM
6The 13th Warrior$259,465-9%2,283-30$114$27,124,9923Disney
7Bowfinger$232,3966%2,452-250$95$61,042,6755Universal
8Mickey Blue Eyes$183,442-9%1,975-255$93$30,972,9974Warner Bros.
9Outside Providence$125,096-9%1,0522$119$5,937,6982Miramax
10The Muse$98,2556%1,002-260$98$9,984,2373October