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, Sep. 3 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,019,591-73%1,619290$630$70,137,19420IFC Films
2Signs$875,389-76%3,437-16$255$196,457,0975Disney
3XXX$655,241-77%3,53619$185$124,533,4594Sony / Columbia
4fear dot com$448,932-67%2,550--$176$7,534,7361Warner Bros.
5Austin Powers in Goldmember$350,066-77%2,506-299$140$203,381,0956New Line
6Blue Crush$295,416-74%2,820-195$105$35,007,2243Universal
7Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$275,532-87%3,250-57$85$70,453,6414Miramax / Dimension
8Serving Sara$241,798-75%2,17420$111$12,189,2952Paramount
9Road to Perdition$188,601-78%1,763-100$107$99,529,7708DreamWorks
10Undisputed$180,490-74%1,11715$162$9,262,0082Miramax