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, Dec. 27 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 27 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$9,224,316-23%3,853173$2,394$174,361,2383Disney
2King Kong (2005)$7,919,215-34%3,5768$2,215$128,516,6002Universal
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$5,053,621-29%3,056--$1,654$34,159,7371Sony / Columbia
4Cheaper by the Dozen 2$4,951,111-18%3,175--$1,559$25,573,9711Fox
5Rumor Has It$2,563,636-37%2,815--$911$10,080,5061Warner Bros.
6Memoirs of a Geisha$2,436,851-29%1,5471495$1,575$15,691,9931Sony / Columbia
7The Family Stone$2,358,649-32%2,4693$955$31,568,1432Fox
8Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$2,205,537-12%2,521-664$875$265,349,7526Warner Bros.
9The Ringer$2,063,100-19%1,829--$1,128$9,765,5191Fox Searchlight
10Wolf Creek$1,316,852-37%1,749--$753$6,224,8561Weinstein / Dimension