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, Sep. 3 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 3 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$751,331-16%3,473121$216$88,586,8533Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Dark Knight$536,657-13%2,750-313$195$505,966,3347Warner Bros.
3Babylon A.D.$516,009-23%3,390--$152$12,727,7351Fox
4Death Race$469,188-14%2,5375$185$25,753,5842Universal
5Traitor$460,626-20%2,0540$224$12,546,5861Overture
6The House Bunny$418,732-21%2,7140$154$27,629,9152Sony / Columbia
7Mamma Mia!$354,1583%1,968-94$180$133,209,7477Universal
8Pineapple Express$302,124-11%2,047-368$148$81,469,8954Sony / Columbia
9Disaster Movie$185,961-32%2,642--$70$7,405,0891Lionsgate
10Mirrors$175,714-12%1,820-721$97$25,770,9043Fox