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 Thu, Dec. 18 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 18 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)$1,775,882-2%3,560--$499$38,476,6161Fox
2Four Christmases$1,192,9152%3,540205$337$92,412,4593Warner Bros. / New Line
3Twilight (2008)$913,15316%3,64929$250$153,232,4764Summit
4Bolt$560,89622%3,133-383$179$90,751,6574Disney
5Australia$464,3561%2,703-18$172$39,624,2103Fox
6Quantum of Solace$408,1105%2,635-788$155$159,147,3395Sony / Columbia
7Nothing Like the Holidays$264,749-1%1,671--$158$4,618,3981Overture
8Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$259,34517%2,768-549$94$170,822,4336Paramount / DreamWorks
9Transporter 3$259,2385%2,541-85$102$30,388,9333Lionsgate
10Role Models$205,9110%1,328-579$155$64,946,6896Universal