'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, Feb. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$12,364,386--3,105--$3,982$13,106,9331Paramount
2Just Go With It$9,459,694--3,548--$2,666$9,459,6941Sony / Columbia
3Gnomeo and Juliet$6,162,544--2,994--$2,058$6,162,5441Disney
4The Eagle$2,812,574--2,296--$1,225$2,812,5741Focus
5The Roommate$2,598,005329%2,5340$1,025$20,250,9062Sony / Screen Gems
6The King's Speech$1,846,296129%2,263-321$816$88,291,26712Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$1,686,791137%2,756-294$612$55,907,5784Paramount
9True Grit (2010)$957,461118%2,072-830$462$158,427,1468Paramount
10The Green Hornet$886,968117%2,090-943$424$89,619,0205Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$882,67298%2,207-778$400$26,488,6093Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$837,85560%1,886-818$444$23,053,5873CBS Films
13Black Swan$562,22168%1,069-908$526$97,776,88611Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$540,43498%1,049-613$515$84,006,97810Paramount
15The Dilemma$279,4504%1,242-1303$225$46,884,1305Universal
16Yogi Bear$145,27215%1,111-696$131$95,993,5139Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$159,10175%393-57$405$7,785,2037Weinstein Company
3127 Hours$151,350-2%359-540$422$16,438,15215Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$147,590139%19112$773$1,830,6867Roadside Attractions
5The Company Men$139,627163%27746$504$2,653,6724Weinstein Company
6TRON: Legacy$129,30912%364-676$355$169,328,6659Disney
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$110,926204%40944$271$293,001,18213Warner Bros.
8Little Fockers$88,9851%424-931$210$146,976,9658Universal
9From Prada to Nada$76,29693%252-9$303$2,353,2453Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Megamind$69,983201%252-38$278$147,624,87515Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$67,94689%293-221$232$102,761,49210Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$50,425104%308-187$164$41,751,6678Fox
13Country Strong$48,473-29%328-620$148$20,100,0468Sony / Screen Gems
14The Social Network$34,81158%178-116$196$96,519,14420Sony / Columbia
15Unstoppable (2010)$29,241141%147-55$199$81,275,75914Fox
16Season of the Witch$24,391-11%176-316$139$24,375,1666Relativity Media
17The Tourist$24,289--100-131$243$66,944,65110Sony / Columbia
18Rabbit Hole$22,67920%112-19$202$1,812,3989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$77,789--15--$5,186$77,7891Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$36,58246%480$762$21,340,18148Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$9,953-46%37-108$269$2,608,7564Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$9,61527%32-14$300$1,642,2778Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$7,2291%78-71$93$9,510,49715Summit
6Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,250--1--$5,250$5,2501Phase 4 Films
7Winter's Bone$4,528-2%26-8$174$6,380,27736Roadside Attractions
8I Love You Phillip Morris$2,85812%23-16$124$1,929,68811Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$2,566113%1411$183$16,1672Freestyle
10Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$592--5-37$118$575,2424UTV Communications