'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 Mon, Jun. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$15,606,086-51%4,028--$3,874$125,913,2751Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$3,441,543-66%3,6630$940$110,571,7822Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$1,801,587-63%3,5449$508$52,229,1752Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$1,023,435-43%2,592-110$395$48,867,7103Universal
5Shrek Forever After$751,845-58%3,207-661$234$223,828,7705Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killers (2010)$736,047-48%2,619-240$281$40,038,4583Lionsgate
7Jonah Hex$648,000-60%2,825--$229$6,028,0001Warner Bros.
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$646,541-61%2,605-503$248$81,447,1154Disney
9Sex and the City 2$393,000-25%1,680-1070$234$90,563,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
10Iron Man 2$342,907-69%1,612-693$213$304,553,2367Paramount
12Robin Hood$162,130-70%1,046-849$155$102,241,6356Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Letters to Juliet$134,788-29%806-525$167$48,726,1976Summit
2Splice$131,000-55%944-1506$139$15,701,0003Warner Bros
3Date Night$50,528-43%345-85$146$96,933,78511Fox
4Solitary Man$40,108-66%10754$375$1,465,1015Anchor Bay
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$36,000-59%267-66$135$162,421,00012Warner Bros.
6How to Train Your Dragon$27,825-48%213-68$131$214,792,12313Paramount / DreamWorks
7Raavan$23,308-79%120--$194$506,0681Reliance Big Pictures
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,000-39%228103$101$62,756,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
9Furry Vengeance$19,220-44%235-33$82$17,080,0148Summit
10City Island$18,883-64%133-26$142$5,956,52814Anchor Bay
11Just Wright$18,109-62%158-121$115$21,103,8656Fox Searchlight
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid$17,028-20%146-56$117$63,564,69414Fox
13The Back-up Plan$16,304-31%16654$98$37,066,8859CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,000-24%502$1,360$8,702,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$39,818-63%3935$1,021$514,1462Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$22,985-61%4--$5,746$204,7011Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$10,09612%150$673$22,511,22571Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Princess Kaiulani$3,120-42%16-10$195$811,8456Roadside Attractions
8The Losers$2,900-46%31-96$94$23,584,0009Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$2,151-61%12-5$179$355,49911Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,313-70%15-5$88$621,67016GKIDS
11The Joneses$900-75%7-1$129$1,457,75710Roadside Attractions
12Racing Dreams$48-92%2--$24$43,5815Hanover House