'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, Aug. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$5,664,83113%3,395--$1,669$46,281,1571Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$4,256,2500%3,750--$1,135$44,963,5901Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$3,621,5055%3,7150$975$124,481,5342Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,299,364-1%4,145-230$796$325,139,2063Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,074,99113%3,020--$1,018$24,907,4121Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$1,633,52713%2,9260$558$41,255,8212Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$1,167,9529%2,510-594$465$98,527,3374Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$851,9363%2,604-771$327$339,690,8055Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$713,53421%2,418-797$295$70,134,8474Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$381,6316%1,763-905$216$182,861,9746Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$315,57912%1,632-773$193$23,033,6853Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kung Fu Panda 2$148,05018%31969$464$161,955,41910Paramount / DreamWorks
3Bad Teacher$124,5036%765-1269$163$96,960,4726Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$107,07850%412-179$260$64,803,8497Fox
5The Hangover Part II$72,1035%34671$208$253,167,64510Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$56,75210%196-34$290$11,793,91010Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$52,5737%254-41$207$144,825,7419Fox
8Super 8$46,7897%325-333$144$125,064,3988Paramount
9Rio (2011)$46,70844%174-36$268$143,100,23016Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$39,34513%135-286$291$114,401,7897Warner Bros.
13Larry Crowne$33,55518%335-700$100$35,169,9755Universal
14Monte Carlo$29,6348%168-192$176$22,332,8905Fox
15Fast Five$14,9654%125-49$120$209,717,57514Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$14,15448%161-29$88$14,904,1738Relativity Media
17A Better Life$10,58824%108-74$98$1,604,6766Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,6958%491$1,361$10,410,92217Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$51,15120%3328$1,550$630,4332Weinstein Company
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$37,93642%9332$408$774,5953Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$20,548-2%8--$2,569$180,9191Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$14,973-5%2016$749$252,2142Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$11,614-13%5--$2,323$121,3811Lionsgate
7Water for Elephants$5,54430%41-50$135$58,673,90115Fox
8Project Nim$4,852-14%212$231$237,5744Roadside Attractions
9The Future$4,118-4%1--$4,118$35,5311Roadside Attractions
11A Little Help$2,84620%240$119$91,0042Freestyle Releasing
12Submarine$1,73829%191$91$452,3889Weinstein Company
13Delhi Belly$82970%7-18$118$1,525,7035UTV Communications
14Everything Must Go$81125%8-1$101$2,695,58412Roadside Attractions
15The Music Never Stopped$201673%2-2$101$256,81720Roadside Attractions
1635 and Ticking$146-10%2-1$73$94,97011Image Entertainment
17The Last Mountain$97-16%2--$49$112,3839Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$4025%0----$2,7203Cinema Purgatorio