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. 15 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 15 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$1,036,8495%3,532-171$294$316,598,1894New Line
2Big Fish$1,033,72810%2,4062281$430$27,554,6135Sony / Columbia
3Cold Mountain$677,8442%2,30286$294$58,031,6853Miramax
4Something's Gotta Give$633,5226%2,87668$220$94,959,5395Sony / Columbia
5Cheaper by the Dozen$586,85725%3,238-69$181$103,200,5223Fox
6The Last Samurai$418,8124%1,901-500$220$98,882,3396Warner Bros.
7Mona Lisa Smile$371,9397%2,500-214$149$58,360,1924Sony / Columbia
8Paycheck$360,1423%2,7620$130$47,925,4483Paramount
9Chasing Liberty$304,03825%2,400--$127$7,222,6441Warner Bros.
10My Baby's Daddy$298,57416%1,447--$206$8,744,0381Miramax