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 Tue, Apr. 29 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 29 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity$1,217,230-1%2,733--$445$18,677,0731Sony / Columbia
2Anger Management$889,6608%3,65686$243$105,233,5613Sony / Columbia
3Holes$483,495-2%2,34918$206$37,353,7462Disney
4Confidence$363,4060%1,871--$194$5,292,9681Lionsgate
5Bulletproof Monk$322,0337%2,9550$109$19,581,6382MGM
6Malibu's Most Wanted$279,526-2%2,5030$112$24,409,9322Warner Bros.
7Phone Booth$240,95111%2,113-334$114$40,630,5714Fox
8It Runs in the Family (2003)$207,98016%1,207--$172$3,191,4441MGM
9The Real Cancun$157,261-13%2,261--$70$2,448,9361New Line
10Chicago$137,56916%1,209-502$114$163,786,33218Miramax