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, Nov. 17 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 17 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12012$4,551,148-11%3,404--$1,337$74,903,6231Sony / Columbia
2Disney's A Christmas Carol$1,142,9509%3,6830$310$65,469,1702Disney
3The Men Who Stare at Goats$520,33221%2,45310$212$23,988,9142Overture
4Michael Jackson's This Is It$394,37711%3,037-444$130$67,938,0053Sony / Columbia
5Law Abiding Citizen$339,62211%2,071-403$164$67,830,9195Overture
6The Fourth Kind$316,7020%2,5303$125$21,082,7632Universal
7Couples Retreat$275,48210%2,509-348$110$102,574,1746Universal
8Paranormal Activity$271,0825%2,712154$100$104,217,3945Paramount
9The Box$236,37319%2,6350$90$13,615,7652Warner Bros.
10Where the Wild Things Are$133,650-7%2,090-666$64$73,722,8675Warner Bros.