'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 Sun, Jul. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$35,703,962-16%4,375--$8,161$169,189,4271Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,391,044-26%3,917-190$1,632$302,878,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$5,204,494-26%3,13494$1,661$60,149,6032Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$3,445,748-31%3,4820$990$42,382,9782Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$2,502,038-28%3,249-741$770$165,389,7544Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$2,166,833-22%2,405--$901$7,857,0761Disney
7Bad Teacher$1,449,187-31%2,659-303$545$88,457,6394Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$720,530-37%2,287-689$315$31,719,5603Universal
9Super 8$546,284-35%1,459-833$374$122,287,3596Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$383,324-31%1,002-994$383$61,473,0165Fox
11Monte Carlo$382,797-25%1,169-1304$327$20,110,4713Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Green Lantern (2011)$360,483-37%973-1042$370$112,789,1665Warner Bros.
3The Tree of Life$194,072-28%235-2$826$10,090,4898Fox Searchlight
4X-Men: First Class$190,596-27%470-377$406$143,455,8577Fox
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$140,915-32%373-249$378$237,353,6349Disney
6Kung Fu Panda 2$140,154-22%354-296$396$160,074,5298Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Hangover Part II$125,077-43%455-380$275$251,881,9538Warner Bros.
10A Better Life$116,366-16%21663$539$1,039,0364Summit
11Rio (2011)$95,144-25%241-31$395$141,932,57614Fox
12Fast Five$65,730-23%212-29$310$209,142,63512Universal
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$40,924-26%21443$191$14,369,5556Relativity Media
14Water for Elephants$24,854-28%120-48$207$58,461,50113Fox
15Soul Surfer$21,723-35%126-34$172$43,853,42415Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$55,286-24%480$1,152$9,186,06415Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$39,387-30%24--$1,641$134,0051Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$32,138-22%27-1$1,190$26,772,08970Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Delhi Belly$27,501-40%67-23$410$1,427,7053UTV Communications
5Something Borrowed$19,242-37%74-39$260$38,955,88911Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,601-34%87-25$179$53,311,94813Lionsgate
8Project Nim$15,581-25%2218$708$87,8402Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$11,447-36%72-34$159$57,981,88918Lionsgate
10Submarine$2,970-14%14-5$212$398,9887Weinstein Company
11The Last Mountain$2,347-21%52$469$101,4347Dada Films
12Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,154-26%19-23$113$10,134,75412Weinstein Company
13The Conspirator$1,81811%10-5$182$11,521,42114Roadside Attractions
14Everything Must Go$1,240-43%12-5$103$2,677,46710Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$1,066-20%51$213$90,0699Image Entertainment
16Beautiful Boy$880-34%1-2$880$77,2477Anchor Bay Films
17Chillar Party$1982%4-3$50$6,1492UTV Communications