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 Tue, Sep. 27 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 27 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Flightplan$1,680,056-11%3,424--$491$28,197,2631Disney
2Tim Burton's Corpse Bride$912,241-11%3,2043199$285$21,590,9771Warner Bros.
3Just Like Heaven$636,833-8%3,5091$181$31,145,3032DreamWorks
4The Exorcism of Emily Rose$485,109-10%3,04562$159$63,282,2053Sony / Screen Gems
5Lord of War$459,272-4%2,8140$163$18,322,1002Lionsgate
6The 40-Year-Old Virgin$335,729-4%2,581-425$130$97,628,1906Universal
7Roll Bounce$285,531-22%1,625--$176$8,221,8651Fox Searchlight
8The Constant Gardener$187,844-5%1,282-105$147$28,057,0794Focus
9Transporter 2$177,501-7%1,726-1079$103$40,273,3964Fox
10March of the Penguins$144,17012%1,405-471$103$73,114,83714Warner Independent