'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, Dec. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$1,026,098-22%3,505--$293$16,347,7521Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$790,840-22%2,750--$288$12,564,7721Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$651,265-13%3,604-442$181$261,451,4064Lionsgate / Summit
5The Muppets$419,949-12%3,328-112$126$67,046,4093Disney
6Arthur Christmas$369,894-14%3,272-104$113$34,502,1153Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$280,732-16%2,299-328$122$80,765,9325Relativity Media
8Happy Feet Two$258,224-14%2,840-696$91$57,565,3684Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$196,555-5%2,069-335$95$74,701,5056Universal
10Jack and Jill$174,267-20%2,787-262$63$69,085,7855Sony / Columbia
11J. Edgar$139,498-12%1,555-430$90$35,197,0305Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$108,541-3%1,843-907$59$142,195,0417Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$405,151-17%876302$463$24,946,4384Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$90,229-11%2440$370$5,400,6503Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$62,492-15%470-240$133$34,180,4226Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$40,114-15%354-67$113$36,533,2427Fox
5Like Crazy$21,925-4%16210$135$3,211,9847Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$17,413-17%191-74$91$33,388,51611Sony / TriStar
7Margin Call$17,319-14%148-3$117$5,000,0338Roadside Attractions
8The Way$16,6791%120-40$139$3,870,25410Producers Distribution Agency
9Dolphin Tale$16,337-14%342-68$48$71,119,99812Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$15,198-10%208-796$73$74,224,79712Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$15,115-6%30247$50$103,675,5088Paramount
12The Ides of March$12,326-13%187-829$66$40,506,75810Sony / Columbia
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,735-23%168-40$52$20,256,1778Summit
15Footloose (2011)$7,131-4%201-108$35$51,162,3839Paramount
17Contagion$4,952-4%111-44$45$75,653,49414Warner Bros.
18The Way Back$1,679--120--$14$3,884,37747Newmarket Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$35,861-12%1610$2,241$999,7193Weinstein Company
2Shame$34,707-8%2111$1,653$890,0582Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$31,413-1%8--$3,927$408,8141Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$26,166-8%4--$6,542$399,5861Focus
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$14,35516%251$574$331,0383Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$12,010-14%490$245$14,711,00936Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$7,3107%72-12$102$2,841,3588Fox Searchlight
8Drive (2011)$6,875-3%70-16$98$34,698,07613FilmDistrict
9The Rum Diary$4,286-7%630$68$13,083,0137FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,222-12%61-23$53$176,708,21419Fox
11Pastorela$2,425-3%44-11$55$144,1862Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Inni$754-30%1-2$754$115,8267Cinema Purgatorio
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$701112%23-8$30$38,537,74317Weinstein Company
14Circumstance$63380%1--$633$453,92116Roadside Attractions
15Project Nim$24635%2--$123$410,75823Roadside Attractions
16Answers to Nothing$16812%7-14$24$21,7682Roadside Attractions
17The Future$15-55%0----$568,60320Roadside Attractions