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, Aug. 29 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 29 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Superbad$1,880,113-14%2,9480$638$75,100,5302Sony / Columbia
2Balls of Fury$1,691,787--2,810--$602$1,691,7870Rogue
3The Bourne Ultimatum$979,828-10%3,561-140$275$188,424,2044Universal
4Rush Hour 3$768,437-16%3,408-370$225$111,119,9743New Line
5Mr. Bean's Holiday$694,433-22%1,714--$405$12,333,6231Universal
6WAR$680,219-17%2,277--$299$12,263,6571Lionsgate
7The Nanny Diaries$626,222-14%2,629--$238$9,547,8961MGM / Weinstein
8Stardust$401,686-5%2,339-226$172$27,614,1063Paramount
9Hairspray (2007)$367,028-8%2,016-373$182$108,439,4586New Line
10The Simpsons Movie$350,479-17%2,451-711$143$174,568,2875Fox