'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 Tue, Jul. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,437,461-25%4,0881388$3,287$194,088,8581Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$3,822,288-29%4,1150$929$126,382,5982Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,503,509-9%3,0490$821$65,211,0142Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$1,486,500-50%2,973--$500$17,585,2951Universal
5Monte Carlo$1,324,25517%2,473--$535$9,912,5731Fox
6Super 8$1,106,531-31%3,088-336$358$111,176,6874Paramount
7Green Lantern (2011)$1,077,169-21%3,280-536$328$104,693,6293Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,010,146-13%2,861-481$353$52,737,8083Fox
10X-Men: First Class$464,823-30%1,602-1031$290$139,794,1785Fox
11The Hangover Part II$336,385-17%1,568-1187$215$248,987,6576Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$335,107-24%1,473-771$227$234,512,0727Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$287,355-32%1,281-1246$224$157,568,7516Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$136,463-43%22813$599$7,947,0556Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$94,423-1%308-36$307$140,669,50512Fox
5Fast Five$52,850-10%302-156$175$208,415,40010Universal
6Water for Elephants$32,757-7%234-58$140$58,094,26811Fox
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$31,5477%221-670$143$13,997,8924Relativity Media
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$21,787-12%14094$156$53,057,68911Lionsgate
9Something Borrowed$21,1618%191-112$111$38,718,0469Warner Bros.
11The Lincoln Lawyer$12,743-38%138-51$92$57,819,45716Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,7382%470$1,250$8,316,04113Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Delhi Belly$58,693-51%89--$659$760,5171UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$30,278-8%330$918$26,360,54568Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,41428%68-46$124$10,071,68410Weinstein Company
6A Better Life$7,982-66%117$726$212,6642Summit
7Source Code$5,843-28%66-40$89$54,654,98614Summit
8Limitless$5,22615%55-30$95$79,240,69416Relativity Media
9Submarine$4,197-25%20-6$210$351,7875Weinstein Company
11Jane Eyre (2011)$3,44318%26-25$132$11,216,60417Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,7365%31-27$88$52,676,71515Fox
13Win Win$2,002-1%18-14$111$10,147,70916Fox Searchlight
14Everything Must Go$1,20945%19-14$64$2,650,5548Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$813-63%0----$11,504,51512Roadside Attractions
16The Art of Getting By$69667%7-300$99$1,426,9533Fox Searchlight
17Beautiful Boy$5006%40$125$69,9555Anchor Bay Films
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$415--1-3$415$216,12242Collective Eye
1935 and Ticking$270-53%21$135$79,7577Image Entertainment
20The Music Never Stopped$75-40%53$15$251,06916Roadside Attractions