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 Wed, Dec. 21 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$4,940,7121%3,68064$1,343$127,680,3642Disney
2King Kong (2005)$4,870,555-7%3,5681$1,365$81,934,5011Universal
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$3,761,503--3,056--$1,231$3,761,5030Sony / Columbia
4Cheaper by the Dozen 2$2,549,846--3,100--$823$2,549,8460Fox
5The Family Stone$1,534,324-11%2,469--$621$17,504,7651Fox
6Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,007,0720%2,750-575$366$255,497,2365Warner Bros.
7Syriana$745,981-7%1,77523$420$24,771,5722Warner Bros.
8Walk the Line$435,338-23%1,853-896$235$84,134,5675Fox
9Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$331,196-44%2,723-487$122$46,662,7834Paramount
10Pride & Prejudice (2005)$316,1119%1,141-194$277$30,037,6326Focus