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 Sun, Feb. 21 2010

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#TitleSun, Feb. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shutter Island$10,703,887-34%2,991--$3,579$41,062,4401Paramount
2Avatar$4,890,260-34%2,581-104$1,895$688,322,87710Fox
3Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$4,248,196-39%3,39640$1,251$58,714,8132Fox
4Valentine's Day$3,667,737-50%3,6650$1,001$86,927,3852Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Wolfman$2,723,435-36%3,2231$845$50,363,7302Universal
6Dear John$1,623,556-49%3,06287$530$65,801,7653Sony / Screen Gems
7The Tooth Fairy$1,235,963-40%2,523-225$490$49,721,8505Fox
8Crazy Heart$810,919-42%1,08984$745$21,524,36510Fox Searchlight
9From Paris with Love$750,143-37%2,311-411$325$21,361,5043Lionsgate
10Edge of Darkness$570,502-46%2,118-497$269$40,347,2224Warner Bros.