'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, Nov. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$20,832,65182%4,1250$5,050$190,801,6792Warner Bros.
3Megamind$5,254,305158%3,411-368$1,540$122,897,4614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$4,620,46381%3,183-26$1,452$53,630,1813Fox
5Burlesque$4,537,66382%3,037--$1,494$9,890,1321Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$3,815,59898%2,455--$1,554$7,977,9691Fox
7Faster (2010)$3,234,35572%2,454--$1,318$6,714,0421CBS Films
8Due Date$2,828,23564%2,555-674$1,107$80,521,3584Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$1,815,18480%2,5640$708$11,524,1332Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$1,599,46091%2,441-103$655$24,029,9733Paramount
11Skyline$439,93073%1,189-1694$370$19,514,2803Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$657,217118%293185$2,243$3,368,5024Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$589,194169%39610$1,488$4,987,8024Summit
3Red (2010)$566,61482%914-1120$620$85,308,3417Summit
4For Colored Girls$533,329170%605-611$882$35,735,4064Lionsgate
5The Social Network$282,064115%291-280$969$89,998,8979Sony / Columbia
7Despicable Me$139,650262%266-2$525$249,501,21021Universal
8The Town$118,055171%318153$371$91,232,96011Warner Bros.
9Paranormal Activity 2$88,401107%279-822$317$83,973,9546Paramount
10Jackass 3D$75,88286%183-504$415$116,457,6277Paramount
11Easy A$71,888189%251146$286$57,791,68311Sony / Screen Gems
12Life As We Know It$60,22981%249-309$242$51,885,8678Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$60,150234%228-24$264$24,972,18011Lionsgate
14Saw 3D$50,81199%145-661$350$45,590,3615Lionsgate
15Inception$48,057102%144-54$334$292,206,34620Warner Bros.
16Hereafter$28,14874%202-201$139$32,408,5027Warner Bros.
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$24,927268%130-8$192$54,532,68510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$119,052--4--$29,763$119,0521Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$80,928289%570$1,420$18,644,78837Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$26,463184%86-104$308$6,523,9937Fox Searchlight
5The Nutcracker in 3D$24,145109%45--$537$45,7401Freestyle Releasing
6Waiting for 'Superman'$23,693284%69-49$343$6,215,92410Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$21,971480%130$1,690$24,907,62894Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$16,977131%90-95$189$52,372,75210Fox
9Stone$5,645235%23-32$245$1,731,0288Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$4,93786%40-20$123$1,412,2198Weinstein Company
11Catfish$3,330118%9-4$370$3,229,87311Universal / Rogue
12Wild Target$3,125230%6-1$521$71,7495Freestyle
13Let Me In$2,556179%31-54$82$12,125,3209Relativity / Overture
14Jack Goes Boating$1,2841046%9-9$143$525,14911Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$996174%132$77$791,15915Weinstein Company
16Winter's Bone$224--2-2$112$6,225,94325Roadside Attractions
17Cool It$153--1-41$153$57,1853Roadside Attractions