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 Sun, Jan. 2 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 2 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Fockers$11,329,338-38%3,5246$3,215$162,461,2352Universal
2Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$4,137,669-28%3,6230$1,142$94,615,9393Paramount
3The Aviator (2004)$3,021,226-32%1,7960$1,682$31,548,0142Miramax
4Fat Albert$2,706,339-39%2,74470$986$33,325,5312Fox
5Ocean's Twelve$2,585,087-35%3,2900$786$107,009,8304Warner Bros.
6Spanglish$1,809,871-33%2,48948$727$31,003,3873Sony / Columbia
7National Treasure$1,673,673-39%2,28281$733$154,525,0777Disney
8The Polar Express$1,593,560-16%2,513-105$634$155,125,1808Warner Bros.
9The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou$1,366,562-34%1,1050$1,237$14,794,5464Disney
10Darkness$1,348,686-44%1,71818$785$16,631,3902Miramax / Dimension