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 Tue, Sep. 1 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 1 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$2,211,131-1%3,121--$708$31,853,4171Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$1,977,7281%3,1650$625$76,963,3082Weinstein Company
3District 9$1,080,1455%3,180130$340$92,490,6633Sony / TriStar
4Halloween II (2009)$1,079,540-1%3,025--$357$18,519,1181Weinstein / Dimension
5Julie & Julia$823,52115%2,50340$329$72,174,7974Sony / Columbia
6The Time Traveler's Wife$698,07921%2,961-27$236$49,176,6003Warner Bros. / New Line
7G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$595,8992%3,467-486$172$133,329,2094Paramount
8Shorts$346,994-1%3,1050$112$13,903,0692Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$292,761-1%1,393--$210$4,066,9371Focus Features
10G-Force$242,2495%1,926-635$126$112,255,0316Disney