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 Tue, Aug. 31 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 31 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hero (2002)$1,558,824-15%2,031--$768$21,400,9591Miramax
2The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$846,759-1%3,331-159$254$76,764,2513Disney
3Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid$823,225-12%2,905--$283$14,572,2701Sony / Screen Gems
4Without a Paddle$822,755-12%2,7300$301$29,494,1612Paramount
5Exorcist: The Beginning$631,546-11%2,81310$225$32,504,2712Warner Bros.
6Collateral$609,8592%2,728-301$224$81,369,5954DreamWorks
7Open Water$478,706-11%2,7090$177$23,754,8632Lionsgate
8The Bourne Supremacy$446,247-3%2,079-453$215$158,648,5336Universal
9Alien Vs. Predator$440,269-7%2,880-521$153$73,089,3133Fox
10Suspect Zero$336,039-9%1,500--$224$4,152,3741Paramount