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 Tue, Apr. 4 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 4 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Erin Brockovich$1,192,06144%2,90857$410$77,832,9183Universal
2The Road to El Dorado$872,0444%3,218--$271$14,558,5781DreamWorks
3The Skulls$820,43726%2,412--$340$12,508,3631Universal
4Romeo Must Die$732,78714%2,6410$277$40,224,1872Warner Bros.
5High Fidelity$586,31518%1,183--$496$7,513,0701Disney
6American Beauty$491,38235%1,990328$247$110,959,81329DreamWorks
7Mission to Mars$278,13119%2,505-596$111$55,329,7714Disney
8Here on Earth$173,22422%1,7131$101$8,605,6912Fox
9My Dog Skip$164,48019%2,010-321$82$27,823,51712Warner Bros.
10The Ninth Gate$88,86630%1,021-673$87$15,549,0124Artisan