'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 Fri, Feb. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$9,046,858--3,039--$2,977$9,046,8581Relativity Media
2Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,312,688--2,132--$2,492$5,312,6881Lionsgate
3The Vow$3,271,334142%3,03880$1,077$96,278,6773Sony / Screen Gems
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,176,897152%3,350-150$948$66,433,2483Warner Bros. / New Line
5Safe House$3,158,820120%3,052-69$1,035$89,855,3803Universal
6This Means War$2,740,087155%3,1890$859$27,810,7232Fox
7Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$2,341,735136%3,1740$738$31,373,8172Sony / Columbia
11The Secret World of Arrietty$1,060,836139%1,5220$697$11,218,6412Disney
12The Woman in Black$867,379107%1,727-832$502$48,596,5754CBS Films
13Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$756,39263%1,618-1037$467$38,026,0223Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$739,728161%966158$766$29,613,52714Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$542,539105%889-354$610$76,869,23215Fox Searchlight
4The Grey$221,603-9%917-1190$242$49,600,4095Open Road
5The Iron Lady$183,96049%522-101$352$25,210,5579Weinstein Company
6Big Miracle$166,420-11%628-1006$265$18,401,1954Universal
7Red Tails$129,6945%489-520$265$48,362,7796Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$102,994110%333-70$309$185,641,61211Warner Bros.
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$89,37590%164-20$545$23,023,95212Focus
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$82,18978%311-89$264$130,089,69911Fox
11My Week with Marilyn$79,547209%402282$198$13,849,23914Weinstein Company
12We Bought a Zoo$79,022238%280-7$282$73,890,54810Fox
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$71,16014%280-297$254$31,028,14410Warner Bros.
14Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$68,35773%178-97$384$207,602,15711Paramount
15Underworld Awakening$68,156-32%260-566$262$61,975,1026Sony / Screen Gems
16The Adventures of Tintin$67,543132%272-31$248$76,694,29710Paramount
18Joyful Noise$50,225230%277-63$181$30,452,9447Warner Bros.
19The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$48,772--125-64$390$101,571,87610Sony / Columbia
20War Horse$47,26054%213-181$222$78,912,89210Disney / DreamWorks
21One For the Money$39,003-46%229-704$170$25,852,4725Lionsgate
22Albert Nobbs$34,52939%100-19$345$2,516,1065Roadside Attractions
23Puss in Boots (2011)$25,53976%138-25$185$149,143,56118Paramount / DreamWorks
24Jack and Jill$19,546--109-25$179$74,096,73116Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$40,27525%40-5$1,007$16,548,21947Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$26,215--48--$546$26,2151UTV Communications
3Man on a Ledge$20,675-27%76-325$272$18,566,9505Lionsgate
4The Darkest Hour$17,439137%94-19$186$21,378,67610Summit
5Haywire$14,203115%37-42$384$18,801,2976Relativity Media
6Shame$12,84123%25-19$514$3,777,66413Fox Searchlight
7Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$11,27530%35-63$322$1,102,2513UTV Communications
8Happy Feet Two$10,65846%85-50$125$63,893,36715Warner Bros.
9W.E.$8,82261%15-5$588$246,4714Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$5,22829%8-5$654$348,3656Weinstein Company
11Undefeated$5,04465%50$1,009$55,9262Weinstein Company
12Pariah (2011)$3,41734%130$263$703,3639Focus
13The Devil Inside$2,370120%25-9$95$53,189,2468Paramount
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$8370%4-4$209$289,91510FilmDistrict