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, Oct. 29 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 29 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grudge$7,725,347219%3,348103$2,307$56,590,8722Sony / Columbia
2Saw$6,658,442--2,315--$2,876$6,658,4421Lionsgate
3Ray$6,649,609--2,006--$3,315$6,649,6091Universal
4Shark Tale$2,155,544227%3,381-275$638$141,510,9545DreamWorks
5Shall We Dance (2004)$2,026,355146%2,47657$818$29,685,5983Miramax
6Friday Night Lights$1,441,191213%3,00435$480$50,301,6444Universal
7Team America: World Police$1,067,472112%2,335-285$457$25,227,9293Paramount
8Ladder 49$1,033,723168%2,382-420$434$63,893,8575Disney
9Surviving Christmas$772,722177%2,7555$280$6,321,5182DreamWorks
10Taxi (2004)$651,908189%1,884-473$346$31,243,7954Fox