'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. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,378,81013%2,534--$1,728$44,188,6521Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,584,9561%3,69143$971$112,340,8222Fox
3The Smurfs$2,488,5589%3,42732$726$106,544,8603Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$2,031,1279%3,155--$644$21,917,6871Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$1,869,8552%2,888--$647$17,030,0901Sony / Columbia
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,155,40910%2,635-385$438$57,729,2533Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,142,368-1%2,414-761$473$359,637,7785Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$1,055,1217%2,835-785$372$159,011,4014Paramount
9Cowboys & Aliens$1,026,1007%3,310-444$310$83,660,0003Universal
10The Change-Up$1,005,22017%2,9130$345$27,703,4052Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$786,589-6%2,040--$386$7,588,6661Fox
12Horrible Bosses$357,1647%1,338-687$267$110,693,4176Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$326,93717%1,294-1104$253$53,685,8014Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$183,2286%886-968$207$347,624,2177Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$163,6525%748-976$219$76,120,1916Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$112,385-4%494-432$228$186,425,8018Disney
4Sarah's Key$78,51813%10134$777$2,171,7454Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern (2011)$66,77711%242134$276$115,164,1739Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$65,28516%252-38$259$163,555,22912Paramount / DreamWorks
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$62,1349%294-33$211$66,213,2759Fox
9X-Men: First Class$34,73020%183-53$190$145,752,16411Fox
10The Hangover Part II$27,5005%232-71$119$253,995,05412Warner Bros.
11Bad Teacher$27,18923%149-201$182$97,950,7818Sony / Columbia
12The Tree of Life$26,3764%118-52$224$12,524,25712Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$18,96711%108-66$176$125,556,15710Paramount
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$18,19717%104-12$175$1,229,5705Fox Searchlight
16Monte Carlo$15,23011%124-17$123$22,718,4467Fox
17Larry Crowne$10,7908%166-63$65$35,586,7257Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$63,816-9%490$1,302$11,444,11819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$42,6053%8956$479$782,8403Lionsgate
3Aarakshan$35,13366%91--$386$400,9351Reliance Big Pictures
4Another Earth$24,010-1%8227$293$747,4164Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$18,1408%4032$454$488,9913Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$12,55322%99-40$127$143,501,10318Fox
7The Future$10,3133%202$516$254,9073Roadside Attractions
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$5,19019%55-33$94$15,010,54410Relativity Media
10Project Nim$3,9013%18-3$217$315,3276Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$3,42455%51-23$67$1,703,6138Summit
12The Last Mountain$1,17583%5--$235$121,92511Dada Films
14Submarine$225-38%7-3$32$467,29111Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$22317%3-5$74$2,702,95514Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$138-8%2-2$69$11,533,69718Roadside Attractions