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 Mon, Jan. 31 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 31 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hide and Seek$1,384,625-74%3,005--$461$23,343,8401Fox
2Million Dollar Baby$1,068,227-69%2,0101863$531$22,653,8697Warner Bros.
3Are We There Yet?$637,910-87%2,7101$235$39,095,7422Sony / Columbia
4The Aviator (2004)$517,100-76%2,503242$207$68,768,0276Miramax
5Meet the Fockers$467,907-77%3,006-440$156$258,842,0656Universal
6Sideways$456,464-75%1,694995$269$40,513,47615Fox Searchlight
7Coach Carter$411,570-80%2,57422$160$53,982,2903Paramount
8Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)$342,499-73%2,2970$149$15,106,6702Rogue
9In Good Company$333,261-78%1,960-3$170$36,329,6425Universal
10The Phantom of the Opera$311,125-72%1,5110$206$39,235,1026Warner Bros.