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. 2 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Scorpion King$879,498-5%3,4495$255$65,214,9432Universal
2Changing Lanes$490,418-8%2,6420$186$46,754,2713Paramount
3Murder by Numbers$451,517-5%2,6630$170$20,269,6912Warner Bros.
4Life or Something Like It$335,372-9%2,606--$129$7,740,0961Fox
5Jason X$272,728-9%1,878--$145$7,938,2441New Line
6Panic Room$271,6570%2,463-362$110$91,323,8075Sony / Columbia
7The Rookie (2002)$261,13510%2,54336$103$61,780,7595Disney
8High Crimes$218,1660%2,054-355$106$35,970,2664Fox
9The Sweetest Thing$214,644-8%2,124-546$101$22,247,5183Sony / Columbia
10Ice Age$204,5720%2,594-226$79$166,661,4887Fox