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. 18 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 18 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gladiator (2000)$2,256,915-1%2,9435$767$83,390,2832DreamWorks
2U-571$479,9653%2,820119$170$59,763,7984Universal
3The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$234,19915%3,12574$75$25,289,9363Universal
4Screwed$211,268-4%1,759--$120$4,290,6491Universal
5Keeping the Faith$156,1130%1,596-418$98$32,911,6815Disney
6Rules of Engagement$151,7052%1,618-643$94$53,726,9186Paramount
7Erin Brockovich$141,7106%1,491-451$95$119,050,5239Universal
8Love & Basketball$138,3116%1,047-145$132$22,998,1044New Line
928 Days$117,3772%1,755-658$67$33,771,5435Sony / Columbia
10Return to Me$103,2501%1,203-500$86$27,497,9276MGM