'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, Nov. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,642,9245%4,0665$650$226,000,7022Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$1,042,471-3%3,440--$303$43,631,4441Disney
3Immortals$712,80514%2,677-443$266$70,043,2473Relativity Media
5Happy Feet Two$588,19312%3,6115$163$44,868,6902Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$497,09915%3,029-409$164$58,047,7283Sony / Columbia
7Arthur Christmas$438,8750%3,376--$130$17,180,0421Sony / Columbia
8J. Edgar$416,48125%1,910-37$218$29,587,3813Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$408,21018%2,474-468$165$65,953,3504Universal
10Puss in Boots (2011)$288,0501%3,005-410$96$136,004,5225Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$584,37820%433404$1,350$11,957,2102Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$171,95214%244--$705$2,385,2431Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$153,50823%875-933$175$31,837,2744Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$69,43917%457-910$152$35,179,8265Fox
5Like Crazy$36,44316%15041$243$2,546,2955Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$34,59569%140-30$247$4,422,7676Roadside Attractions
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$19,99421%22454$89$19,945,3856Summit
9The Way$18,69010%101-36$185$3,410,1378Producers Distribution Agency
10The Ides of March$18,68226%159-139$117$39,576,7528Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$17,5005%355-1047$49$103,279,8856Paramount
12Moneyball$16,96619%187-222$91$73,186,42510Sony / Columbia
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,60810%113-67$138$2,605,5126Fox Searchlight
14Courageous$14,34525%211-306$68$32,785,5769Sony / TriStar
15Footloose (2011)$13,8823%384-834$36$50,861,2517Paramount
16Contagion$11,6157%218-83$53$75,473,00412Warner Bros.
17Dolphin Tale$8,813-5%216-172$41$70,381,38810Warner Bros.
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,65710%103-28$45$176,594,19117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$19,375-1%4--$4,844$243,7411Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$10,15120%9347$109$34,518,89211FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$7,76539%490$158$14,465,02034Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Rum Diary$6,7397%54-98$125$12,970,0505FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$5,93928%72-107$82$4,311,6075Sony / Columbia
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$2,21880%19--$117$77,9191Warner Bros.
7The Big Year$1,802-14%53-6$34$7,164,5577Fox
8Sarah's Key$93318%27-25$35$7,687,09719Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$692-21%48-22$14$38,518,40015Weinstein Company
10Inni$428-61%52$86$100,9535Cinema Purgatorio
11Machine Gun Preacher$33687%9-10$37$538,09610Relativity Media
12Laugh at My Pain$110-22%4-7$28$7,702,22512CodeBlack Entertainment
13Project Nim$721340%1--$72$407,28821Roadside Attractions