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, Feb. 7 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$7,964,508--2,923--$2,725$7,964,5081Paramount
2Shanghai Knights$6,177,098--2,753--$2,244$6,177,0981Disney
3Chicago$2,950,782376%1,8411218$1,603$55,950,9197Miramax
4Final Destination 2$2,740,053261%2,8340$967$22,233,6802New Line
5The Recruit$2,683,789173%2,3760$1,130$23,278,1092Disney
6Deliver Us from Eva$2,280,176--1,139--$2,002$2,280,1761Focus
7Darkness Falls$1,227,800306%2,456-409$500$24,213,6233Sony / Columbia
8Biker Boyz$1,213,089238%1,7693$686$12,995,4662DreamWorks
9Kangaroo Jack$1,117,113327%2,8480$392$48,050,1024Warner Bros.
10The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$808,988152%1,680-495$482$318,149,3388New Line