'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, Jul. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$24,211,138-65%4,416--$5,483$92,744,9780Summit
2The Last Airbender$17,511,097--3,169--$5,526$17,511,0970Paramount
3Toy Story 3$7,481,5062%4,0280$1,857$258,826,1692Disney
4Grown Ups$4,094,8690%3,534--$1,159$58,581,5151Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,831,2774%3,09855$591$35,308,6141Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$1,691,891-6%3,109-554$544$143,523,2583Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$631,565-11%2,162-1382$292$66,090,9503Fox
8Shrek Forever After$308,979-38%2,340-867$132$231,388,4756Paramount / DreamWorks
9Iron Man 2$160,947-8%1,169-443$138$307,654,4638Paramount
10Jonah Hex$41,359-61%2,8250$15$9,813,8262Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$262,350-19%990-1389$265$56,241,5954Universal
2Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$232,622-10%702-1575$331$87,454,1705Disney
3Letters to Juliet$154,484-38%509-297$304$50,122,3057Summit
4Sex and the City 2$109,450-8%901-779$121$93,694,7695Warner Bros. / New Line
5How to Train Your Dragon$100,4209%333120$302$215,815,23414Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killers (2010)$79,313-39%838-1781$95$44,695,3294Lionsgate
7Robin Hood$53,9404%372-431$145$103,585,0757Universal
9Solitary Man$41,575-2%17770$235$2,259,1796Anchor Bay
10Date Night$31,16210%286-12$109$97,447,28812Fox
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$27,39314%226-41$121$162,801,07313Warner Bros.
12Furry Vengeance$20,080-31%157-78$128$17,370,4759Summit
13Splice$17,916-9%340-604$53$16,339,0644Warner Bros
14The Back-up Plan$15,15222%147-19$103$37,306,78410CBS Films
15City Island$13,623-2%105-28$130$6,215,77615Anchor Bay
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid$13,4401%105-41$128$63,746,78715Fox
17A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$13,09314%172-56$76$62,952,4749Warner Bros. / New Line
18Just Wright$7,557-4%111-47$68$21,256,4707Fox Searchlight
20Raavan$4,482-16%115-5$39$690,2842Reliance Big Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$69,853-3%500$1,397$9,430,39915Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$59,98816%7031$857$1,281,8913Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$40,04512%1713$2,356$717,8742Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$15,19223%13-2$1,169$22,639,01972Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Secret of Kells$2,09320%150$140$645,18917GKIDS
8The Square (2010)$1,858-11%8-4$232$387,28312Apparition
9Princess Kaiulani$1,00358%10-6$100$830,4987Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$469-2%3-4$156$1,466,98811Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$190-85%20$95$46,8506Hanover House