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 Sun, Sep. 29 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 29 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sweet Home Alabama$7,823,468-47%3,293--$2,376$35,648,6101Disney
2The Tuxedo$4,125,605-35%3,022--$1,365$15,050,4911DreamWorks
3Barbershop$2,330,129-50%2,051157$1,136$51,327,9003MGM
4My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,105,902-52%1,841-12$1,144$123,201,02824IFC Films
5The Banger Sisters$1,289,531-46%2,7380$471$18,821,2952Fox Searchlight
6The Four Feathers$817,662-48%2,187275$374$12,379,0482Paramount
7Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever$771,263-34%2,7050$285$11,589,6182Warner Bros.
8One Hour Photo$686,953-50%1,307-25$526$26,109,1536Fox Searchlight
9Signs$516,853-54%1,783-555$290$221,154,7449Disney
10Trapped$370,747-43%2,2270$166$5,726,5432Sony / Columbia