'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, Jul. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$9,554,137-8%4,08877$2,337$213,975,4241Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$3,581,966-2%4,1150$870$133,619,5152Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,253,767-2%3,0490$739$69,757,4072Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$1,322,985-2%2,973--$445$20,261,2851Universal
5Monte Carlo$1,162,006-7%2,473--$470$12,324,9031Fox
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,096,6833%2,861-481$383$54,896,7743Fox
7Super 8$1,035,0912%3,088-336$335$113,231,3414Paramount
8Green Lantern (2011)$958,1463%3,280-234$292$106,583,9563Warner Bros.
10X-Men: First Class$414,5522%1,602-421$259$140,616,7375Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$358,81710%1,473-269$244$235,195,7857Disney
12The Hangover Part II$314,477-1%1,568-457$201$249,619,1836Warner Bros.
13Kung Fu Panda 2$289,9140%1,281-1246$226$158,149,3216Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$136,155-1%22813$597$8,220,7616Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$102,8927%308-36$334$140,868,75912Fox
5Fast Five$52,8950%302-41$175$208,521,20010Universal
6Water for Elephants$36,9397%234-58$158$58,165,60111Fox
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$35,2863%221-670$160$14,067,2874Relativity Media
8Something Borrowed$23,7164%191-40$124$38,764,5819Warner Bros.
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$23,49617%14094$168$53,101,33311Lionsgate
11The Lincoln Lawyer$13,23810%138-51$96$57,844,76116Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,9109%470$1,636$8,463,46913Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Delhi Belly$45,201-13%89--$508$857,3851UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$32,8163%330$994$26,425,28868Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,5234%68-46$125$10,088,37510Weinstein Company
5A Better Life$8,251-1%117$750$229,2542Summit
7Source Code$6,86114%66-40$104$54,667,88014Summit
8Submarine$4,7849%20-6$239$360,9755Weinstein Company
9Limitless$4,336-2%55-30$79$79,249,45516Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$3,0663%31-27$99$52,682,74915Fox
12Jane Eyre (2011)$2,854-5%26-25$110$11,222,45717Focus
13Win Win$1,93955%18-14$108$10,150,89916Fox Searchlight
14Everything Must Go$1,553-25%19-14$82$2,654,1788Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$90813%0----$11,506,22612Roadside Attractions
16Beautiful Boy$57618%40$144$71,0205Anchor Bay Films
17The Art of Getting By$5239%7-122$75$1,427,9543Fox Searchlight
1835 and Ticking$397-9%21$199$80,5887Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$15129%53$30$251,33716Roadside Attractions