'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 Thu, Nov. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$7,732,709-38%4,066--$1,902$179,148,4351Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$5,766,753-11%3,440--$1,676$12,277,6650Disney
4Happy Feet Two$2,047,160-30%3,606--$568$30,358,0111Warner Bros.
5Immortals$1,915,6536%2,677-435$716$59,831,0762Relativity Media
6Jack and Jill$1,890,015-2%3,029-409$624$47,119,9702Sony / Columbia
7Arthur Christmas$1,842,931-23%3,376--$546$4,232,2000Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$1,555,62521%2,489-881$625$58,024,1653Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$1,288,140-22%3,005-898$429$127,919,0564Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$973,43117%1,94737$500$23,862,6712Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,055,1618%390385$2,706$3,541,2321Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$368,333-2%960-1915$384$29,965,3353Warner Bros. / New Line
3In Time$179,64021%470-2121$382$34,275,8274Fox
4My Week with Marilyn$155,6090%123--$1,265$311,6430Weinstein Company
5Like Crazy$64,930-32%15080$433$2,053,3184Paramount Vantage
6Footloose (2011)$64,1674%384-1831$167$50,545,0806Paramount
7Moneyball$52,7973%187-626$282$72,869,5619Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 3$50,730-8%355-2421$143$102,970,3975Paramount
9The Ides of March$45,28411%159-537$285$39,288,5987Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$44,5867%211-694$211$32,550,6358Sony / TriStar
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$35,669-20%224-445$159$19,679,0985Summit
12Margin Call$32,524-24%170--$191$4,074,0075Roadside Attractions
14The Way$29,018-8%137-34$212$3,169,0527Producers Distribution Agency
15Contagion$28,849-13%301-54$96$75,295,25111Warner Bros.
16Martha Marcy May Marlene$28,179-5%127-56$222$2,399,6135Fox Searchlight
17Dolphin Tale$21,810-51%388-317$56$70,177,4019Warner Bros.
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$11,922-28%120-44$99$176,508,23216Fox
20Johnny English Reborn$8,295-9%108-102$77$8,305,9705Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$14,068-1%9318$151$34,406,91010FilmDistrict
2Anonymous$12,74516%72-410$177$4,231,8074Sony / Columbia
3The Rum Diary$10,5509%54-893$195$12,902,7724FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$8,788-57%490$179$14,362,63133Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$6,430-18%91-39$71$84,351,19717Warner Bros.
6The Big Year$3,558-11%52-31$68$7,135,6356Fox
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,217-68%48-24$46$38,490,06814Weinstein Company
8Sarah's Key$2,104-21%27-135$78$7,675,31318Weinstein Company
9The Mighty Macs$2,104-56%28-33$75$1,877,6255Quaker Media
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,694-15%78-7$22$381,011,21919Warner Bros.
11Laugh at My Pain$95362%11-2$87$7,699,80611CodeBlack Entertainment
12Machine Gun Preacher$521-4%9-3$58$533,3339Relativity Media
13Shark Night 3D$511-29%270$19$18,877,15312Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$223-16%6-6$37$24,816,11813Weinstein Company
15I Don't Know How She Does It$162-41%38-45$4$9,662,28410Weinstein Company
16Circumstance$105-5%1-4$105$441,82913Roadside Attractions
17Apollo 18$899%5-13$18$17,687,70912Weinstein Company
18Inni$61-98%1-3$61$92,4214Cinema Purgatorio
19The Future$11175%1-2$11$568,29017Roadside Attractions