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. 3 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 3 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Four Christmases$1,558,510-14%3,310110$471$51,074,5961Warner Bros. / New Line
2Twilight (2008)$1,328,744-10%3,4250$388$123,986,8062Summit
3Australia$906,735-17%2,64225$343$22,988,2781Fox
4Quantum of Solace$824,430-11%3,5010$235$144,053,2463Sony / Columbia
5Bolt$608,765-9%3,6540$167$68,955,5822Disney
6Transporter 3$600,097-19%2,6260$229$20,314,2591Lionsgate
7Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$331,774-12%3,7090$89$160,235,2964Paramount / DreamWorks
8Role Models$296,168-10%2,1950$135$58,734,8624Universal
9Changeling$80,508-16%1,0100$80$34,103,9666Universal
10High School Musical 3: Senior Year$30,5370%1,3850$22$88,855,7756Disney