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 Fri, Nov. 15 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 15 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$29,631,102--3,682--$8,048$29,631,1021Warner Bros.
28 Mile$6,589,716184%2,49626$2,640$71,685,9362Universal
3The Ring$3,579,544324%2,882-45$1,242$93,604,4615DreamWorks
4The Santa Clause 2$3,566,148322%3,346-6$1,066$70,981,3153Disney
5Half Past Dead$2,661,146--2,113--$1,259$2,661,1461Sony / Columbia
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,325,631248%1,812-163$732$182,791,37031IFC Films
7jackass: the movie$1,220,370158%2,413-119$506$56,695,0114Paramount
8I Spy$1,202,691212%2,611-571$461$28,131,0043Sony / Columbia
9Sweet Home Alabama$719,480255%1,469-535$490$120,369,8258Disney
10Femme Fatale$383,16098%1,0660$359$4,826,8832Warner Bros.