'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, Aug. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Last Exorcism$9,406,821--2,874--$3,273$9,406,8211Lionsgate
2Takers$7,476,207--2,206--$3,389$7,476,2071Sony / Screen Gems
3The Expendables$2,721,34183%3,398128$801$75,233,5873Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$2,148,18146%3,10826$691$55,863,9523Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$1,916,600113%3,181-291$603$94,649,0604Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$1,674,592135%3,2330$518$24,287,0682Fox
7The Switch (2010)$1,459,576113%2,0175$724$13,286,1042Miramax
8Inception$1,436,84881%2,070-331$694$267,080,4127Warner Bros.
9Nanny McPhee Returns$1,328,88595%2,79814$475$13,605,9552Universal
10Piranha 3D$1,273,59872%2,49121$511$15,237,6092Weinstein Company
11Lottery Ticket$1,122,820111%1,9730$569$14,553,1582Warner Bros.
12Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$775,18531%1,566-1254$495$24,436,5753Universal
13Despicable Me$751,52564%1,833-403$410$234,167,9308Universal
14Salt$574,38971%1,168-626$492$111,951,1436Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$552,77664%1,501-648$368$67,977,6085Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up 3D$372,29912%901-691$413$38,859,7874Disney
2Toy Story 3$266,80166%600-130$445$404,915,31211Disney
3Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$156,122-1%823-757$190$40,760,1355Warner Bros.
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$148,672102%476-81$312$297,661,7719Summit
5The Kids Are All Right$141,29869%342-62$413$18,768,8278Focus
6The Last Airbender$113,781507%30683$372$130,285,2839Paramount
7Ramona and Beezus$86,695123%354-34$245$24,584,0006Fox
8Grown Ups$81,839140%263-161$311$159,186,49510Sony / Columbia
9Charlie St. Cloud$66,66058%333-314$200$30,603,4355Universal
10The Karate Kid (2010)$65,638--255-59$257$175,725,86212Sony / Columbia
11Hubble 3D$64,9704%1510$430$14,360,13124Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Knight and Day$59,196102%229-48$258$75,863,04910Fox
13Shrek Forever After$49,10384%207-25$237$237,910,25515Paramount / DreamWorks
15Winter's Bone$37,64073%117-13$322$5,322,83612Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The A-Team$21,49679%92-59$234$77,050,96312Fox
3Flipped$20,414167%26-3$785$621,1354Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$17,7193%160$1,107$23,947,47181Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Peepli Live$16,30769%45-25$362$660,8163UTV Communications
6The Concert$13,18278%200$659$331,2646Weinstein Company
7Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$9,63278%21-6$459$421,2136NeoClassics
8The Tillman Story$9,33197%51$1,866$85,7462Weinstein Company
10Cyrus$4,87212%32-24$152$7,341,72611Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$4,20723%12-8$351$131,65137-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,64664%7-1$521$122,3414Anchor Bay
13Solitary Man$3,36268%190$177$4,305,65915Anchor Bay
14The People I've Slept With$1,027--1--$1,027$8,7283People Pictures
15Princess Kaiulani$32098%10$320$871,14416Roadside Attractions
16City Island$182-30%1-3$182$6,670,24524Anchor Bay
17Tales From Earthsea$78-95%1-4$78$47,5323Disney