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 Fri, Jan. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book of Eli$11,672,970--3,111--$3,752$11,672,9701Warner Bros.
2Avatar$10,394,264121%3,285-137$3,164$461,222,1355Fox
3The Lovely Bones$5,720,017139754%2,5632560$2,232$6,186,6596Paramount / DreamWorks
4Sherlock Holmes$2,830,536135%3,173-453$892$173,023,9364Warner Bros.
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$2,419,609276%3,296-345$734$183,667,0834Fox
6The Spy Next Door$2,410,798--2,924--$824$2,410,7981Lionsgate
7It's Complicated$2,325,510119%2,670-285$871$82,877,3354Universal
8Leap Year (2010)$1,833,760192%2,5121$730$13,534,9302Universal
9The Blind Side$1,577,382160%2,408-472$655$222,626,6709Warner Bros.
10Daybreakers$1,562,38389%2,5230$619$20,750,7842Lionsgate