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 Wed, Jun. 16 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 16 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban$3,623,903-3%3,8550$940$169,332,2252Warner Bros.
2Shrek 2$2,785,783-2%3,843-288$725$361,843,5654DreamWorks
3Garfield$2,283,370-3%3,094--$738$28,796,1221Fox
4The Stepford Wives$2,147,3500%3,057--$702$28,099,3711Paramount
5The Chronicles of Riddick$2,067,457-5%2,757--$750$31,168,7001Universal
6The Day After Tomorrow$1,435,635-5%3,077-367$467$157,763,0323Fox
7Around the World in 80 Days (2004)$1,425,144--2,612--$546$1,425,1440Disney
8Raising Helen$476,688-13%1,633-1088$292$32,838,6913Disney
9Troy$390,115-6%2,003-747$195$126,852,4355Warner Bros.