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 Thu, Dec. 9 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 9 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blade: Trinity$2,902,237-47%2,912--$997$8,423,3980New Line
2The Polar Express$1,143,9795%3,6500$313$100,244,9584Warner Bros.
3National Treasure$931,259-3%3,2430$287$114,238,4643Disney
4Christmas with the Kranks$557,6701%3,41623$163$47,170,9172Sony / Columbia
5The Incredibles$395,773-3%3,178-275$125$227,540,2305Disney
6Alexander$289,375-5%2,4450$118$31,116,0202Warner Bros.
7The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie$234,448-15%3,3070$71$69,237,5993Paramount
8Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason$229,924-8%2,090-383$110$37,300,7714Universal
9Ray$131,5065%1,322-177$99$68,335,2736Universal
10The Grudge$43,594-3%1,286-200$34$109,446,2427Sony / Columbia