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, Jul. 7 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 7 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man 2$10,034,170-16%4,1520$2,417$202,118,6271Sony / Columbia
2King Arthur (2004)$4,818,385--3,003--$1,605$4,818,3850Disney
3Fahrenheit 9/11$2,609,427-10%1,725541$1,513$66,625,4172Lionsgate
4The Notebook (2004)$1,593,251-6%2,32320$686$34,959,0902New Line
5DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story$1,476,636-9%2,953-67$500$90,716,9153Fox
6White Chicks$1,278,347-14%2,80074$457$49,425,5422Sony / Columbia
7Shrek 2$1,124,6501%2,609-328$431$412,933,8877DreamWorks
8The Terminal$977,308-11%2,782-132$351$59,286,2913DreamWorks
9Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban$950,765-12%2,725-279$349$227,761,3785Warner Bros.
10Garfield$605,175-1%2,458-173$246$65,451,7754Fox