'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, Sep. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$6,101,648-38%3,203--$1,905$26,650,2641Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$1,376,209-45%2,83310$486$28,111,3582Focus
3Takers$1,240,631-53%2,191-15$566$47,680,7833Sony / Screen Gems
5Going the Distance (2010)$879,808-46%3,0300$290$13,952,3222Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$809,238-45%3,058-340$265$98,466,2645Lionsgate
7Eat Pray Love$801,399-35%2,339-324$343$74,660,9645Sony / Columbia
8The Other Guys$756,512-52%2,246-361$337$112,442,4086Sony / Columbia
9The Last Exorcism$705,707-55%2,731-143$258$38,062,3223Lionsgate
10Inception$666,040-49%1,583-121$421$282,211,9789Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$650,100-34%2,364-344$275$26,281,0454Universal
12Despicable Me$543,125-29%1,375-225$395$243,531,97010Universal
13The Switch (2010)$447,881-51%1,595-290$281$25,005,8324Miramax
14Vampires Suck$322,123-57%1,670-764$193$35,082,8534Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$198,228-39%1,187791$167$299,633,86411Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$273,166-55%905-405$302$22,613,6694Warner Bros.
2Toy Story 3$267,377-22%712-808$376$409,976,03713Disney
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$204,270-45%619-188$330$30,438,3155Universal
5Piranha 3D$180,420-42%825-964$219$24,337,1684Weinstein Company
6Salt$153,701-47%484-221$318$116,451,6218Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$130,745-31%425-30$308$42,672,8877Warner Bros.
8Flipped$119,019-45%442414$269$1,264,5156Warner Bros.
9Dinner for Schmucks$100,190-56%536-268$187$71,832,7757Paramount / DreamWorks
10Grown Ups$94,142-47%339-44$278$160,678,10512Sony / Columbia
11The Kids Are All Right$66,302-46%218-21$304$20,241,94810Focus
12Ramona and Beezus$55,569-37%275-30$202$25,523,8398Fox
13The Last Airbender$51,378-40%220-37$234$131,396,88811Paramount
14Winter's Bone$37,076-36%11020$337$5,808,90114Roadside Attractions
15The Karate Kid (2010)$33,522-45%168-59$200$176,464,96514Sony / Columbia
16Charlie St. Cloud$22,785-56%190-30$120$31,136,9507Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,22919%60-63$1,287$15,385,26326Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$22,467-40%251$899$422,2754Weinstein Company
3The Romantics$14,142-7%2--$7,071$45,5271Four of a Kind
4The Concert$12,210-32%19-1$643$503,1878Weinstein Company
6Knight and Day$10,774-55%93-49$116$76,307,71612Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$10,437-19%15-1$696$24,159,66783Warner Bros. / IMAX
8La Soga$7,782-18%72$1,112$193,65557-57 Releasing
9Bran Nue Dae$6,164-44%16--$385$23,5271Freestyle Releasing
10Cyrus$4,056-37%260$156$7,399,81113Fox Searchlight
11Solitary Man$1,385-26%9-15$154$4,347,74517Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,282-38%4-2$321$153,9546Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$8621%30$287$880,69118Roadside Attractions
14White Wedding (2009)$544-43%2-2$272$10,9082Dada Films