'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. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$17,414,942-21%3,715--$4,688$65,058,5241Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$14,604,565-20%4,3750$3,338$273,539,2812Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$5,201,993-21%2,926--$1,778$18,622,1501Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,632,313-25%3,375-542$1,076$325,841,1854Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$3,422,093-28%3,104-30$1,102$82,566,7033Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$2,393,124-31%3,215-267$744$59,206,2553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$1,660,706-28%2,668-581$622$176,375,2955Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$1,558,024-22%2,4050$648$17,594,2972Disney
9Bad Teacher$696,543-34%2,034-625$342$94,365,6885Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$263,925-39%1,035-1252$255$34,327,4054Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$254,407-32%591-411$430$63,500,8206Fox
3Super 8$205,270-35%658-801$312$124,235,1027Paramount
4The Tree of Life$168,665-27%230-5$733$11,038,1509Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$138,872-24%360-809$386$21,772,5884Fox
8Green Lantern (2011)$101,108-37%421-552$240$113,920,2096Warner Bros.
9X-Men: First Class$100,774-27%295-175$342$144,210,3648Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$93,614-26%250-104$374$160,776,0839Paramount / DreamWorks
11Rio (2011)$90,369-24%210-31$430$142,579,55115Fox
12The Hangover Part II$75,694-40%275-180$275$252,459,3099Warner Bros.
13A Better Life$70,174-23%182-34$386$1,413,9605Summit
14Fast Five$53,940-21%174-38$310$209,445,77513Universal
15Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$36,709-28%190-24$193$14,660,0057Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$71,580-28%480$1,491$9,719,34316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$60,922-26%6137$999$411,1332Fox Searchlight
3Singham$46,931-31%50--$939$161,0641Reliance Big Pictures
4Sarah's Key$38,386-18%5--$7,677$115,7081Weinstein Company
5Hubble 3D$34,967-29%270$1,295$27,020,08971Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Another Earth$24,527-20%4--$6,132$77,7401Fox Searchlight
7Water for Elephants$17,270-36%91-29$190$58,594,03414Fox
8Project Nim$15,241-26%19-3$802$171,2273Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$13,266-31%24--$553$44,8701Freestyle Releasing
11Delhi Belly$9,924-34%25-42$397$1,501,7654UTV Communications
12Something Borrowed$8,096-26%47-27$172$39,026,18612Warner Bros.
13Submarine$6,799-29%184$378$426,9048Weinstein Company
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,047304%2--$1,024$229,62045Collective Eye
15The Conspirator$1,852-18%100$185$11,529,67415Roadside Attractions
16Everything Must Go$1,715-24%9-3$191$2,686,76611Roadside Attractions
17The Last Mountain$1,162-19%3-2$387$105,2828Dada Films
1835 and Ticking$3988%3-2$133$93,03210Image Entertainment
19Double Dhamaal$118-48%2--$59$543,3225Reliance Big Pictures