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, Dec. 24 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 24 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$11,325,000-31%3,452--$3,281$137,268,0531Fox
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$8,050,000-57%3,656--$2,202$26,851,2770Fox
3Up in the Air$1,752,0001%1,8951823$925$12,761,8773Paramount
4The Blind Side$1,535,000-30%3,40719$451$172,658,3415Warner Bros.
5The Princess and the Frog$1,446,000-41%3,47541$416$54,672,3142Disney
6Disney's A Christmas Carol$891,000-9%1,736-666$513$134,596,6357Disney
7Invictus$710,000-12%2,1250$334$18,974,6772Warner Bros.
8Did You Hear About the Morgans?$660,000-36%2,718--$243$10,597,1651Sony / Columbia
9The Twilight Saga: New Moon$394,977-56%2,642-993$149$277,917,6235Summit
10Brothers (2009)$232,851-45%1,714-374$136$24,131,3433Lionsgate