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, May. 4 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 4 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1U-571$902,4996%2,61633$345$41,825,2932Universal
2Rules of Engagement$348,0415%3,027-193$115$51,639,9724Paramount
3The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$334,045-4%3,040--$110$12,007,7021Universal
4Keeping the Faith$283,003-1%2,17113$130$26,695,5533Disney
528 Days$263,1513%2,5230$104$29,690,3473Sony / Columbia
6Love & Basketball$260,4854%1,2458$209$16,602,1472New Line
7Erin Brockovich$249,97111%2,498-558$100$113,851,5917Universal
8Return to Me$195,7405%2,006-314$98$25,808,5364MGM
9The Road to El Dorado$102,2411%2,247-923$46$46,866,2095DreamWorks
10The Skulls$86,1689%1,333-714$65$32,880,5515Universal