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 Thu, Jan. 27 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hurricane$535,784-4%2,101647$255$24,937,3292Universal
2Next Friday$459,8813%1,17572$391$33,629,7382New Line
3Girl, Interrupted$418,0562%1,93533$216$17,454,3845Sony / Columbia
4The Green Mile$380,2931%2,4830$153$111,497,3117Warner Bros.
5The Talented Mr. Ripley$284,051-6%2,215-154$128$69,309,4125Paramount
6Stuart Little$257,907-5%3,15159$82$119,642,6246Sony / Columbia
7Galaxy Quest$254,507-2%2,259-191$113$55,368,0575DreamWorks
8Magnolia$184,981-3%1,07739$172$13,768,6866New Line
9Toy Story 2$180,8411%1,990-336$91$231,958,9789Disney
10Any Given Sunday$179,237-1%2,201-304$81$69,071,6415Warner Bros.