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 Mon, Apr. 28 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity$1,234,803-66%2,733--$452$17,459,8431Sony / Columbia
2Anger Management$820,514-72%3,65686$224$104,343,9013Sony / Columbia
3Holes$493,065-83%2,34918$210$36,870,2512Disney
4Confidence$364,609-64%1,871--$195$4,929,5621Lionsgate
5Bulletproof Monk$302,378-74%2,9550$102$19,259,6052MGM
6Malibu's Most Wanted$286,392-81%2,5030$114$24,130,4062Warner Bros.
7Phone Booth$216,249-68%2,113-334$102$40,389,6204Fox
8The Real Cancun$180,814-63%2,261--$80$2,291,6751New Line
9It Runs in the Family (2003)$179,276-71%1,207--$149$2,983,4641MGM
10Chicago$118,501-63%1,209-502$98$163,648,76318Miramax