'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, Mar. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,126,450-20%3,74617$835$132,194,0102Universal
2John Carter$2,038,339-27%3,749--$544$37,553,5951Disney
3Project X (2012)$941,131-28%3,0550$308$43,158,4812Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$592,448-19%2,951-102$201$58,090,3073Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$483,624-26%1,890--$256$7,837,7911Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$444,316-27%2,525-535$176$92,113,3975Warner Bros. / New Line
7Safe House$438,450-20%2,144-409$205$117,041,7955Universal
8Silent House (2012)$407,023-25%2,124--$192$8,095,7311Open Road
9The Vow$372,137-21%2,478-348$150$118,659,8645Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$351,252-17%1,949-393$180$48,016,8994Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$201,493-20%1,516-616$133$31,136,6803Lionsgate
12Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$194,049-12%1,804-683$108$48,674,4444Sony / Columbia
13The Artist$191,870-21%1,505-251$127$40,856,83916Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$168,961-18%369--$458$2,555,7791Roadside Attractions
3The Iron Lady$59,857-22%447-64$134$28,123,67111Weinstein Company
4The Descendants$57,936-24%517-177$112$81,664,48317Fox Searchlight
6The Secret World of Arrietty$48,713-7%501-930$97$17,720,3954Disney
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$46,438-6%287-27$162$131,323,39713Fox
8The Woman in Black$45,634-14%433-379$105$53,179,5826CBS Films
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$34,795-17%229122$152$208,506,42213Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$29,795-3%258-473$115$42,935,1355Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$24,700-15%153-62$161$77,459,12412Paramount
12Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$22,9347%109-17$210$23,982,04114Focus
13We Bought a Zoo$22,197-18%228-38$97$74,741,77612Fox
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$16,528-10%208-58$79$186,573,40213Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$15,550-13%238-121$65$19,642,5006Universal
16The Grey$13,888-13%151-157$92$51,002,9787Open Road
17Red Tails$11,8470%178-71$67$49,377,2658Fox
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,982-15%202-101$54$31,745,47512Warner Bros.
20My Week with Marilyn$9,014-39%1200$75$14,518,97716Weinstein Company
21Joyful Noise$4,936-19%103-99$48$30,883,7229Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,8174%400$820$17,094,89849Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$20,224-11%18--$1,124$287,8561CBS Films
3Undefeated$6,64210%130$511$272,6314Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$5,8815%195$310$491,6038Weinstein Company
5Albert Nobbs$5,2471%45-23$117$2,808,1117Roadside Attractions
6Haywire$5,037-17%8250$61$18,914,7468Relativity Media
7W.E.$4,88618%245$204$397,8646Weinstein Company
8Being Flynn$3,880-12%128$323$115,3732Focus
9Shame$3,68212%20-2$184$3,905,59315Fox Searchlight
10One For the Money$3,436-1%64-53$54$26,129,6287Lionsgate
11Pariah (2011)$3,05835%196$161$766,24311Focus
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,212-5%10-16$121$175,1273UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$292-39%5-5$58$34,9112UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$158-65%4-21$40$1,154,1245UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$111-44%10-7$11$53,206,23110Paramount