'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 Sat, Jan. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$11,443,88048%3,55418$3,220$96,001,3052Universal
2True Grit (2010)$9,870,70121%3,08336$3,202$80,290,8242Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$8,141,13563%3,365-86$2,419$125,681,2063Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,739,55917%3,5150$1,348$62,158,1093Warner Bros.
5The Fighter$4,423,22166%2,53423$1,746$43,465,0154Paramount
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,062,80520%2,948-402$1,378$84,128,9024Fox
7Black Swan$3,884,035100%1,55387$2,501$44,750,3785Fox Searchlight
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$3,773,45127%3,089543$1,222$24,895,1682Fox
10The Tourist$2,835,61545%2,7560$1,029$52,802,5804Sony / Columbia
11How Do You Know$1,982,23551%2,4830$798$23,791,1263Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,871,36239%1,7320$1,080$282,101,4897Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,972,81318%7000$4,247$20,646,8476Weinstein Company
2Megamind$242,53017%7640$317$144,010,3229Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$238,28848%45057$530$79,343,0458Fox
4The Social Network$211,12578%2490$848$93,087,40714Sony / Columbia
5Burlesque$184,81363%3300$560$37,587,8606Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$178,13040%4040$441$99,113,1699Warner Bros.
7127 Hours$130,716146%103-12$1,269$10,333,9449Fox Searchlight
8Red (2010)$128,76859%303-27$425$89,425,06512Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$98,110157%17531$561$31,197,5916Fox
10Life As We Know It$96,164112%2480$388$52,823,50713Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$72,89045%1974$370$251,155,93026Universal
12Tees Maar Khan$53,17187%104-4$511$1,003,7822UTV Communications
13Fair Game (2010)$42,33762%109-52$388$9,090,7269Summit
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$37,47055%1580$237$55,523,88315Warner Bros.
15Faster (2010)$34,796233%119-4$292$22,834,6626CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$32,878251%1370$240$117,085,76112Paramount
17Paranormal Activity 2$29,096229%1450$201$84,641,43811Paramount
18Morning Glory (2010)$18,71930%1260$149$30,746,5338Paramount
19Hereafter$17,10989%1280$134$32,701,56412Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$90,848126%68-1$1,336$1,060,7595Roadside Attractions
2Blue Valentine (2010)$80,64190%4--$20,160$220,9451Weinstein Company
3Somewhere (2010)$63,526126%81$7,941$386,0602Focus
4Rabbit Hole$59,98198%340$1,764$383,4133Lionsgate
5Hubble 3D$38,406-36%470$817$20,107,77442Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Biutiful$19,985165%2--$9,993$46,9141Roadside Attractions
7Country Strong$16,99249%20$8,496$106,6282Sony / Screen Gems
8The Next Three Days$16,26759%81-30$201$21,118,5067Lionsgate
9Under the Sea 3D$13,39812%120$1,117$25,260,75099Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Town$11,360102%620$183$92,166,39716Warner Bros.
11Inception$7,02450%280$251$292,565,21225Warner Bros.
12The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$6,458-34%15--$431$667,3319Warner Bros.
13The Warrior's Way$6,35080%384$167$5,565,7455Relativity Media
14The Tempest$4,55166%6-8$759$228,2044Disney
15For Colored Girls$4,38635%28-11$157$37,673,5909Lionsgate
16Summer Wars$3,22269%21$1,611$12,6022GKIDS
17Winter's Bone$1,015242%2-3$508$6,244,76030Roadside Attractions