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. 5 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 5 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enchanted$766,256-5%3,7300$205$72,356,8152Disney
2Beowulf$644,038-5%3,24931$198$70,916,8513Paramount
3Hitman$454,123-10%2,46810$184$31,882,6352Fox
4Awake$365,220-10%2,002--$182$7,042,8921MGM / Weinstein
5August Rush$347,679-4%2,3100$151$21,262,2622Warner Bros.
6American Gangster$325,542-4%2,699-100$121$122,695,5555Universal
7The Mist$306,022-9%2,4230$126$20,542,9542MGM / Weinstein
8This Christmas$303,257-12%1,8580$163$37,435,7002Sony / Screen Gems
9Fred Claus$296,9214%3,420-183$87$60,625,5034Warner Bros.
10Bee Movie$194,647-3%3,150-357$62$118,210,4605Paramount / DreamWorks