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, Jan. 19 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 19 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Next Friday$724,043-15%1,1030$656$22,990,7501New Line
2The Hurricane$559,659-21%1,4541295$385$15,533,6301Universal
3Girl, Interrupted$527,189-22%1,902--$277$10,893,5464Sony / Columbia
4The Green Mile$437,608-13%2,483-195$176$104,144,4726Warner Bros.
5The Talented Mr. Ripley$343,603-12%2,36953$145$64,071,2134Paramount
6Stuart Little$304,884-28%3,092113$99$111,768,4815Sony / Columbia
7Galaxy Quest$304,521-18%2,4500$124$49,434,4714DreamWorks
8Any Given Sunday$271,846-15%2,5050$109$67,569,9034Warner Bros.
9Magnolia$229,832-10%1,0384$221$12,199,5415New Line
10Snow Falling on Cedars$196,123-11%1,1555$170$8,802,7744Universal