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, Feb. 18 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Constantine$10,882,776--3,006--$3,620$10,882,7761Warner Bros.
2Hitch$9,162,285245%3,5750$2,563$67,476,9942Sony / Columbia
3Because of Winn-Dixie$2,823,192--3,188--$886$2,823,1921Fox
4Son of the Mask$1,908,360--2,966--$643$1,908,3601New Line
5Million Dollar Baby$1,607,932183%2,10570$764$49,119,04510Warner Bros.
6Boogeyman$1,601,845211%2,572-480$623$37,250,7733Sony / Screen Gems
7Are We There Yet?$1,513,352324%2,519-291$601$64,522,5855Sony / Columbia
8The Wedding Date$1,135,605183%1,566-138$725$22,552,9143Universal
9The Aviator (2004)$964,805169%1,710-486$564$84,945,1419Miramax
10Sideways$902,867183%1,300-319$695$55,127,82518Fox Searchlight