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. 9 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 9 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hostel$1,747,824-62%2,195--$796$21,305,3651Lionsgate
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$871,988-81%3,514-339$248$248,650,1965Disney
3King Kong (2005)$748,355-78%3,482-145$215$193,428,0864Universal
4Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$711,847-74%3,182126$224$81,789,1113Sony / Columbia
5Munich$660,070-68%1,485953$444$26,008,7513Universal
6Memoirs of a Geisha$533,740-68%1,58942$336$40,397,0553Sony / Columbia
7Rumor Has It$391,109-70%2,766-49$141$35,596,0013Warner Bros.
8Cheaper by the Dozen 2$328,460-85%3,108-103$106$66,883,8163Fox
9The Family Stone$320,787-70%2,085-379$154$53,496,5364Fox
10Casanova$311,432-67%1,004967$310$5,290,9033Disney