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, Jan. 30 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 30 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Darkness Falls$682,10812%2,837--$240$14,784,6711Sony / Columbia
2Catch Me If You Can (2002)$550,6833%2,776-274$198$147,088,8675DreamWorks
3The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$530,5358%2,666-444$199$310,939,6006New Line
4About Schmidt$490,894-1%1,236290$397$37,988,6137New Line
5National Security$472,5663%2,7290$173$28,038,3802Sony / Columbia
6Kangaroo Jack$433,23011%2,84830$152$36,840,3932Warner Bros.
7Confessions of a Dangerous Mind$425,8641%1,769--$241$7,913,4884Miramax
8Just Married$393,28410%2,697-72$146$44,919,7983Fox
9Gangs of New York$315,09211%1,905-265$165$66,551,3876Miramax
10A Guy Thing$231,4777%2,5205$92$13,210,8422MGM