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, May. 21 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 21 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$7,502,921-30%3,161--$2,374$128,331,4041Fox
2Spider-Man$2,783,825-35%3,6150$770$292,665,8183Sony / Columbia
3Unfaithful$1,001,372-8%2,6247$382$31,627,6042Fox
4About a Boy$820,936-16%1,207--$680$10,361,7621Universal
5The New Guy$372,690-25%2,6870$139$18,176,2092Sony / Columbia
6Changing Lanes$235,399-13%2,158-352$109$61,995,2016Paramount
7The Scorpion King$217,820-14%2,555-664$85$85,664,8425Universal
8Murder by Numbers$143,008-12%1,580-536$91$30,217,2625Warner Bros.
9The Rookie (2002)$116,1172%1,849-268$63$70,743,0898Disney
10Ice Age$52,557-53%1,184-540$44$172,533,15810Fox