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 Mon, Aug. 17 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 17 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1District 9$5,162,300-51%3,049--$1,693$42,516,8901Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$2,611,347-59%4,0070$652$101,187,3662Paramount
3The Time Traveler's Wife$2,338,560-48%2,988--$783$20,961,7141Warner Bros. / New Line
4Julie & Julia$1,630,600-54%2,3540$693$44,975,0892Sony / Columbia
5G-Force$1,002,125-50%3,065-417$327$100,060,0254Disney
6The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard$837,620-50%1,838--$456$6,479,0311Paramount Vantage
7Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$737,283-55%2,771-684$266$284,617,4965Warner Bros.
8The Ugly Truth$639,297-47%2,733-242$234$78,086,7794Sony / Columbia
9(500) Days of Summer$501,166-43%1,048231$478$18,398,6985Fox Searchlight
10Funny People$452,486-49%2,584-424$175$48,362,8683Universal