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, Jan. 22 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 22 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gran Torino$1,737,3345%2,972164$585$81,576,6182Warner Bros.
2Paul Blart: Mall Cop$1,278,8877%3,144--$407$43,300,5111Sony / Columbia
3My Bloody Valentine 3D$1,147,7954%2,534--$453$27,674,5551Lionsgate
4Notorious (2009)$787,602-7%1,638--$481$26,094,7031Fox Searchlight
5Bride Wars$700,75815%3,2282$217$41,700,8022Fox
6Defiance (2008)$680,5141%1,7891787$380$12,901,0963Paramount Vantage
7The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$654,85760%2,223-724$295$105,040,8594Paramount
8Hotel for Dogs$523,0464%3,271--$160$24,594,4981Paramount / DreamWorks
9Marley & Me$381,9604%2,952-526$129$135,058,9364Fox
10Last Chance Harvey$381,065-1%1,0541038$362$6,666,3564Overture