'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, Sep. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$10,738,962--3,203--$3,353$10,738,9621Sony / Screen Gems
2Takers$1,789,076199%2,191-15$817$43,794,2483Sony / Screen Gems
3The American$1,780,355146%2,83310$628$24,217,4732Focus
5Going the Distance (2010)$1,289,065155%3,0300$425$11,453,1652Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Last Exorcism$1,057,027191%2,731-143$387$35,796,4963Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$999,637223%2,246-361$445$110,094,0506Sony / Columbia
8The Expendables$940,960126%3,058-340$308$96,183,5735Lionsgate
9Eat Pray Love$891,68482%2,339-324$381$72,624,3925Sony / Columbia
10Inception$831,371165%1,583-121$525$280,240,9599Warner Bros.
11The Switch (2010)$632,693166%1,595-290$397$23,637,4224Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$449,155107%2,364-344$190$24,649,8854Universal
13Vampires Suck$409,131229%1,670-764$245$34,011,0754Fox
14Despicable Me$343,750152%1,375-225$250$242,218,62010Universal
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$217,967609%1,187791$184$299,108,36611Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$324,800190%905-405$359$21,732,4264Warner Bros.
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$247,565112%619-188$400$29,865,7405Universal
3Piranha 3D$208,77132%825-964$253$23,845,1894Weinstein Company
5Salt$186,006110%484-221$384$116,007,5688Sony / Columbia
6Toy Story 3$152,47124%712-808$214$409,366,51213Disney
7Dinner for Schmucks$149,775151%536-268$279$71,502,3117Paramount / DreamWorks
8Flipped$145,0722873%442414$328$928,1496Warner Bros.
9Grown Ups$107,999--339-44$319$160,406,10212Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$85,546269%425-30$201$42,353,7407Warner Bros.
11The Kids Are All Right$72,572134%218-21$333$20,053,46310Focus
12The Last Airbender$45,253153%220-37$206$131,260,03911Paramount
13Winter's Bone$41,119223%11020$374$5,713,90514Roadside Attractions
14Ramona and Beezus$40,250213%275-30$146$25,380,2048Fox
15Charlie St. Cloud$32,300228%190-30$170$31,062,8857Universal
16The Karate Kid (2010)$30,789--168-59$183$176,369,96514Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,3273%60-63$639$15,243,00226Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$24,000134%251$960$362,3054Weinstein Company
3Knight and Day$19,754167%93-49$212$76,272,98112Fox
4The Romantics$16,128--2--$8,064$16,1281Four of a Kind
6La Soga$10,983760%72$1,569$174,89057-57 Releasing
7The Concert$8,776117%19-1$462$472,9728Weinstein Company
8Bran Nue Dae$6,341--16--$396$6,3411Freestyle Releasing
9Under the Sea 3D$6,279-20%15-1$419$24,136,39683Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Cyrus$5,097530%260$196$7,389,27313Fox Searchlight
11Solitary Man$1,080-12%9-15$120$4,344,47617Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,03256%4-2$258$150,6066Anchor Bay
13White Wedding (2009)$756-9%2-2$378$9,4152Dada Films
14Princess Kaiulani$631-4%30$210$878,97218Roadside Attractions