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. 19 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 19 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gridiron Gang$822,070-2%3,504--$235$16,076,8301Sony / Columbia
2The Black Dahlia$800,7763%2,226--$360$11,584,0121Universal
3The Last Kiss (2006)$376,0856%1,357--$277$5,358,9031Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Covenant$314,176-4%2,6810$117$16,431,7432Sony / Screen Gems
5The Illusionist (2006)$304,25716%1,43876$212$23,700,2185Yari Film Group
6Little Miss Sunshine$294,37312%1,436-124$205$46,921,7358Fox Searchlight
7Invincible (2006)$276,60913%2,830-157$98$51,638,1774Disney
8Crank$262,778-1%2,177-338$121$24,922,0983Lionsgate
9Hollywoodland$241,2599%1,5513$156$10,990,9522Focus
10The Protector (2006)$235,312-2%1,5410$153$9,533,8382The Weinstein Company