'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, Mar. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,122,46239%3,167--$3,196$17,406,7361Fox
2Sucker Punch$6,681,221-17%3,033--$2,203$14,712,6811Warner Bros.
3Limitless$6,488,98740%2,80549$2,313$37,176,7902Relativity Media
4The Lincoln Lawyer$4,870,70566%2,7070$1,799$25,769,0432Lionsgate
7Battle: Los Angeles$3,316,61052%3,118-299$1,064$70,484,1203Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$1,985,34055%2,282-378$870$53,889,9654Universal
9Red Riding Hood$1,925,58642%2,715-315$709$31,396,8313Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$1,015,91494%2,170-947$468$18,506,7013Disney
11Beastly$965,36937%1,585-225$609$24,799,9814CBS Films
12Hall Pass$766,02649%1,204-701$636$41,898,4025Warner Bros. / New Line
13The King's Speech$737,51176%1,062-187$694$134,451,02218Weinstein Company
14Just Go With It$693,38549%1,116-592$621$99,900,9917Sony / Columbia
15Gnomeo and Juliet$686,084100%1,364-384$503$95,392,2057Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$299,28656%688-713$435$62,083,9656Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$226,41053%512-443$442$53,364,8766Disney / DreamWorks
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$198,99587%406-144$490$36,854,3856Fox
4Cedar Rapids$193,20580%342-120$565$6,015,4367Fox Searchlight
5Yogi Bear$144,05088%326-112$442$99,769,93415Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$97,13259%246-36$395$98,218,43511Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$95,92371%289-191$332$72,494,7687Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$83,28953%205-63$406$170,014,26814Paramount
9Black Swan$82,22159%20716$397$106,527,97417Fox Searchlight
10No Strings Attached$57,87637%213-19$272$70,441,53910Paramount
11The Fighter$50,88366%179-137$284$93,543,06816Paramount
12The Rite$31,86158%155-47$206$32,959,1499Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$19,78055%1001$198$29,058,8539CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$420,42961%9064$4,671$1,597,8323Focus
2Win Win$212,49989%2318$9,239$532,7202Fox Searchlight
3Kill the Irishman$72,52995%4120$1,769$494,4363Anchor Bay Films
4Hubble 3D$55,84218%42-7$1,330$23,077,09354Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Biutiful$32,45275%66-23$492$4,802,22313Roadside Attractions
6Miral$25,89832%4--$6,475$25,8981Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$25,72165%85-9$303$294,897,68319Warner Bros.
8The Music Never Stopped$22,95593%331$696$136,7072Roadside Attractions
9The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$22,83664%72-10$317$104,284,20916Fox
10The Company Men$19,88278%48-10$414$4,259,31410Weinstein Company
11The Eagle$19,55644%975$202$19,421,9107Focus
12Take Me Home Tonight$17,47725%89-192$196$6,804,8744Relativity Media
13From Prada to Nada$16,95857%292$585$3,002,4579Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Blue Valentine (2010)$14,64796%441$333$9,619,63213Weinstein Company
15Drive Angry$11,95146%72-23$166$10,550,8025Summit
16happythankyoumoreplease$9,67286%164$605$162,6084Anchor Bay Films
17Mia and the Migoo$8,160206%1--$8,160$10,8291GKIDS
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,84555%34-9$201$42,725,90514Fox
19Rabbit Hole$4,923109%290$170$2,200,92515Lionsgate
20I Love You Phillip Morris$4,842125%9-2$538$2,010,92717Roadside Attractions
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$503-2%2-3$252$84,8567Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$144929%1-3$144$6,530,66442Roadside Attractions