'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 Thu, Jun. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$3,478,2453%3,3793055$1,029$51,530,7891Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$2,386,4243%3,69251$646$108,424,5622Fox
3Kung Fu Panda 2$1,992,0942%3,929-23$507$134,642,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$1,722,2476%3,67560$469$223,039,2783Warner Bros.
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,324,2256%3,433-533$386$214,100,2534Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$706,374-4%2,524--$280$8,925,8421Relativity Media
9Fast Five$212,6403%1,329-908$160$205,944,7207Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$112,580-1%527-164$214$138,207,3919Fox
2Water for Elephants$75,5061%466-106$162$56,886,9928Fox
3Something Borrowed$64,8255%366-322$177$37,875,0546Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$49,17810%365-224$135$36,890,3076Sony / TriStar
6Source Code$28,52815%248-40$115$54,267,85211Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$23,4109%182102$129$9,752,2247Weinstein Company
9Limitless$18,79314%166-66$113$79,003,84413Relativity Media
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$15,4138%117-65$132$52,514,06812Fox
13The Lincoln Lawyer$11,66017%101-32$115$57,174,62413Lionsgate
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,814-3%112-84$88$52,804,2848Lionsgate
15Win Win$7,972-5%100-41$80$10,033,72113Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$91,3556%4727$1,944$2,736,4323Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$67,76419%470$1,442$7,020,51010Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$28,88211%31-1$932$25,711,17065Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Jane Eyre (2011)$13,29314%90-38$148$11,054,99514Focus
6Everything Must Go$9,35716%87-20$108$2,569,7375Roadside Attractions
7Submarine$8,36513%1713$492$149,3612Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$5,7714%66-43$87$11,436,1599Roadside Attractions
9The Last Mountain$5,12724%31$1,709$44,1502Dada Films
10Scream 4$4,92011%80-121$62$38,146,2739Weinstein Company
11The Beaver$2,36531%46-22$51$923,0636Summit
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,5364%40$384$191,01739Collective Eye
13Beautiful Boy$99012%40$248$33,3072Anchor Bay Films
14The King's Speech$68634%15-3$46$138,797,44929Weinstein Company
1535 and Ticking$488-20%1-3$488$69,4344Image Entertainment
16Kill the Irishman$332-9%5-3$66$1,183,68014Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$6445%2-3$32$248,71813Roadside Attractions