'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 Mon, Aug. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,806,855-58%2,77888$650$98,640,2783Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$1,161,307-60%2,614--$444$11,569,4831Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$927,821-64%3,346-125$277$149,601,8394Fox
4Our Idiot Brother$868,670-57%2,555--$340$7,880,3011Weinstein Company
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$800,638-58%2,760--$290$9,326,3661FilmDistrict
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$577,286-67%3,30510$175$22,567,5152Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$480,553-66%2,861-196$168$126,428,7875Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$397,835-61%3,0150$132$17,058,5042Lionsgate
930 Minutes or Less$373,887-54%2,071-817$181$32,163,3253Sony / Columbia
10Fright Night (2011)$365,025-58%3,1140$117$14,646,8032Disney / DreamWorks
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$362,483-56%1,577-363$230$70,094,9855Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$358,175-58%1,328-410$270$371,163,2377Warner Bros.
13One Day$297,876-56%1,7254$173$10,087,3992Focus
14Final Destination 5$296,116-57%2,085-1070$142$38,211,1003Warner Bros. / New Line
15Captain America: The First Avenger$238,314-64%1,424-564$167$169,008,6206Paramount
16Cowboys & Aliens$218,260-69%1,559-654$140$93,742,2105Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$126,585-61%904-729$140$34,622,1604Universal
2Horrible Bosses$86,078-51%465-290$185$113,901,2298Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$79,654-56%27271$293$4,164,4036Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$73,211-60%51834$141$349,530,4199Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$31,430-64%242156$130$126,080,61712Paramount
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$21,135-72%239-35$88$67,050,56211Fox
8Green Lantern (2011)$20,978-70%222-20$94$115,997,47411Warner Bros.
9Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,678-64%223-1759$88$11,706,0393Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$19,541-70%194-43$101$164,296,79714Paramount / DreamWorks
11X-Men: First Class$12,486-59%110-36$114$146,136,15313Fox
12The Hangover Part II$7,657-55%128-65$60$254,309,71314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,676-36%490$708$12,160,00821Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Another Earth$12,840-56%947$137$1,116,8986Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$12,757-61%78-5$164$1,190,8135Lionsgate
4The Tree of Life$12,468-52%971$129$12,864,89514Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$8,751-51%30-14$292$720,0025Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$8,351-48%75--$111$98,273,04510Sony / Columbia
8Circumstance$5,668-52%7--$810$48,9861Roadside Attractions
9The Future$4,846-52%22-9$220$403,6755Roadside Attractions
10Monte Carlo$3,619-68%91-16$40$22,904,1549Fox
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,110-55%15-22$141$1,320,4537Fox Searchlight
12Rio (2011)$1,421-80%39-29$36$143,598,62020Fox
13A Better Life$1,214-66%31-34$39$1,755,53310Summit
14Project Nim$1,034-61%164$65$348,1988Roadside Attractions
15Redemption Road$1,032-80%26--$40$20,1841Freestyle Releasing
165 Days of War$467-15%1-1$467$11,3012Anchor Bay Films
18The Conspirator$58-88%3-1$19$11,538,01620Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$54-76%3-1$18$2,709,08116Roadside Attractions