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, Nov. 26 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 26 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Blind Side$9,489,62620%3,140--$3,022$60,128,3981Warner Bros.
2The Twilight Saga: New Moon$9,204,557-35%4,042--$2,277$188,075,9331Summit
3Ninja Assassin$4,559,22037%2,503--$1,822$7,877,2580Warner Bros.
4Old Dogs$4,184,93133%3,389--$1,235$7,334,4230Disney
52012$3,974,38210%3,44440$1,154$120,799,9762Sony / Columbia
6Disney's A Christmas Carol$3,656,47836%3,013-670$1,214$89,169,5983Disney
7Planet 51$1,573,859-25%3,035--$519$18,268,5521Sony / TriStar
8Fantastic Mr. Fox$1,339,17320%2,0272023$661$3,059,3102Fox
9The Men Who Stare at Goats$370,57030%1,119-1334$331$29,018,8293Overture