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, Feb. 20 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Q.$1,315,935-14%2,466--$534$26,451,8391New Line
2Return to Never Land$864,901-6%2,605--$332$17,406,0381Disney
3Crossroads (2002)$668,621-18%2,380--$281$18,498,5021Paramount
4Big Fat Liar$634,174-11%2,5343$250$26,264,4472Universal
5A Beautiful Mind$542,693-13%2,081-139$261$126,864,7227Universal
6Hart's War$516,910-18%2,459--$210$10,055,1631MGM
7Collateral Damage$513,703-19%2,8240$182$30,232,6392Warner Bros.
8Super Troopers$438,780-17%1,780--$247$8,118,2771Fox Searchlight
9Black Hawk Down$386,832-15%2,150-814$180$97,308,3125Sony / Columbia
10Snow Dogs$379,820-5%2,286-168$166$68,896,2105Disney