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 Fri, May. 7 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 7 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Van Helsing$19,519,792--3,575--$5,460$19,519,7921Universal
2Mean Girls$4,704,322493%2,972133$1,583$33,103,0782Paramount
3Man on Fire (2004)$2,269,433193%2,846-140$797$50,386,6653Fox
4New York Minute$2,185,464--3,006--$727$2,185,4641Warner Bros.
513 Going on 30$1,681,656336%3,158-295$533$38,742,0873Sony / Columbia
6Laws of Attraction$1,057,903224%2,4490$432$9,476,8382New Line
7Kill Bill Vol. 2$911,890110%1,952-722$467$55,695,3034Miramax
8Godsend$910,184161%2,3230$392$9,486,8582Lionsgate
9Envy$838,591234%2,4450$343$8,302,4792DreamWorks
10The Punisher$351,81535%1,435-832$245$31,308,0944Lionsgate