'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. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,065,1033%4,10719$1,477$273,009,2412Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$4,064,1688%3,040--$1,337$36,130,5441Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$3,012,40623%3,482--$865$25,534,6631Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$2,404,39321%3,990-125$603$153,222,5963Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,392,67615%2,962-87$470$81,279,6643Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$907,68039%2,9763$305$27,760,3752Universal
7Monte Carlo$810,67021%2,4730$328$17,604,1912Fox
8Super 8$642,25711%2,292-796$280$119,292,5535Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$608,27531%1,966-895$309$59,124,9634Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$491,27616%2,015-1265$244$110,644,7094Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$213,47310%847-755$252$142,497,9606Fox
2Kung Fu Panda 2$186,30941%650-631$287$159,332,5237Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$171,95614%622-851$276$236,573,3798Disney
4The Hangover Part II$157,3559%835-733$188$251,118,7567Warner Bros.
5The Tree of Life$127,40817%2379$538$9,250,9197Fox Searchlight
7Rio (2011)$94,14231%272-36$346$141,447,83913Fox
9Fast Five$40,97010%241-61$170$208,861,01011Universal
10A Better Life$37,2232%153142$243$633,3553Summit
11Water for Elephants$22,40914%168-66$133$58,332,51412Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$21,99820%171-50$129$14,188,8515Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,83020%112-28$141$53,229,46312Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$13,50818%113-78$120$38,855,83810Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$9,23720%106-32$87$57,923,74217Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$81,29339%481$1,694$8,845,43414Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$31,37920%28-5$1,121$26,605,53569Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$27,48041%901$305$1,279,9682UTV Communications
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,39127%42-26$128$10,116,54611Weinstein Company
6Source Code$4,28723%41-25$105$54,704,68715Summit
7Project Nim$3,89421%4--$974$32,9271Roadside Attractions
8Jane Eyre (2011)$3,80090%21-5$181$11,238,62918Focus
9Submarine$3,78533%19-1$199$384,4376Weinstein Company
10Everything Must Go$2,87940%17-2$169$2,667,9399Roadside Attractions
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,70036%43$425$221,86243Collective Eye
12The Last Mountain$1,17795%3--$392$92,2066Dada Films
13The Conspirator$1,00812%15--$67$11,514,19013Roadside Attractions
14Chillar Party$622120%7--$89$5,0601UTV Communications
15Beautiful Boy$467256%3-1$156$73,7566Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$39225%4-1$98$254,60517Roadside Attractions
1735 and Ticking$3816%42$95$85,8318Image Entertainment