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, Mar. 8 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 8 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$5,003,598-72%3,170127$1,578$218,894,0402Newmarket
2Starsky & Hutch$2,010,744-71%3,185--$631$30,114,3491Warner Bros.
3Hidalgo$1,297,263-74%3,063--$424$20,126,4971Disney
450 First Dates$437,895-75%3,040-410$144$99,788,8424Sony / Columbia
5Twisted$371,858-71%2,7041$138$16,855,8232Paramount
6The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$222,426-75%1,903791$117$368,437,71712New Line
7Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights$194,407-72%2,0420$95$10,348,9052Lions Gate
8Monster$179,517-67%1,082114$166$30,139,23311Newmarket
9Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$161,638-85%2,180-323$74$21,963,2883Disney
10Eurotrip$145,301-63%1,602-942$91$15,843,2613DreamWorks