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, Dec. 16 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 16 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something's Gotta Give$1,580,6616%2,677--$590$19,132,9381Sony / Columbia
2The Last Samurai$1,365,2675%2,9080$469$49,544,1232Warner Bros.
3Stuck on You$575,096-9%3,003--$192$10,618,6291Fox
4Bad Santa$543,0403%2,540449$214$36,796,8193Miramax / Dimension
5Elf$448,59111%2,876-243$156$148,378,4356New Line
6Honey (2003)$296,8438%1,97230$151$20,350,3842Universal
7Gothika$277,9122%1,806-399$154$54,484,4874Warner Bros.
8The Haunted Mansion$274,470-6%3,001-121$91$54,316,9783Disney
9Love Actually$266,87418%1,566-106$170$52,668,8506Universal
10Love Don't Cost a Thing$261,539-8%1,844--$142$6,861,7261Warner Bros.