'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 Wed, Nov. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,151,124-19%4,0660$529$228,151,8262Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$809,272-22%3,4400$235$44,440,7161Disney
3Immortals$563,259-21%2,6770$210$70,606,5063Relativity Media
5Happy Feet Two$447,117-24%3,6115$124$45,315,8072Warner Bros.
6Arthur Christmas$371,043-15%3,3760$110$17,551,0851Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$369,278-26%3,0290$122$58,417,0063Sony / Columbia
8J. Edgar$345,218-17%1,910-37$181$29,932,5993Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$333,985-18%2,474-15$135$66,287,3354Universal
10Puss in Boots (2011)$229,277-20%3,0050$76$136,233,7995Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$476,808-18%43343$1,101$12,434,0182Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$150,263-13%244121$616$2,535,5061Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$127,197-17%875-85$145$31,964,4714Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$56,350-19%457-13$123$35,236,1765Fox
5Like Crazy$33,344-9%1500$222$2,579,6395Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$24,436-29%140-30$175$4,447,2036Roadside Attractions
7The Way$18,205-3%101-36$180$3,428,3878Producers Distribution Agency
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$17,0889%113-14$151$2,622,6006Fox Searchlight
10Paranormal Activity 3$15,255-13%3550$43$103,295,1406Paramount
11The Ides of March$14,967-20%1590$94$39,591,7198Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$14,428-28%2240$64$19,959,8136Summit
13Moneyball$14,341-15%1870$77$73,200,76610Sony / Columbia
14Footloose (2011)$12,725-8%3840$33$50,873,9767Paramount
15Courageous$12,319-14%2110$58$32,797,8959Sony / TriStar
16Contagion$10,853-7%218-83$50$75,483,85712Warner Bros.
17Dolphin Tale$8,139-8%216-172$38$70,389,52710Warner Bros.
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,980-15%103-17$39$176,598,17117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$21,88413%4--$5,471$265,6251Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,30897%490$312$14,480,32834Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$9,410-7%930$101$34,528,30211FilmDistrict
4The Rum Diary$5,448-19%540$101$12,975,4985FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$4,859-18%720$67$4,316,4665Sony / Columbia
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$4,33495%19--$228$82,2531Warner Bros.
7The Big Year$1,8422%531$35$7,166,3997Fox
8Inni$1,726303%50$345$102,6795Cinema Purgatorio
9Sarah's Key$712-24%270$26$7,687,80919Weinstein Company
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$596-14%480$12$38,518,99615Weinstein Company
11Machine Gun Preacher$38013%90$42$538,47610Relativity Media
12Project Nim$9633%1--$96$407,38421Roadside Attractions
13Laugh at My Pain$86-22%4-7$22$7,702,31112CodeBlack Entertainment