'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 Sat, Apr. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$7,692,46440%2,0150$3,818$56,058,4572Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,082,22385%3,358--$1,513$7,832,1821Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$4,967,27466%3,572-180$1,391$369,164,9926Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$4,622,87418%3,17520$1,456$37,125,8212Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$4,534,66030%2,936--$1,545$8,013,1601Universal
6Safe (2012)$3,131,70520%2,266--$1,382$5,751,8841Lionsgate
7The Raven$2,940,28916%2,203--$1,335$5,466,6021Relativity Media
8The Three Stooges$2,463,77490%3,105-377$793$35,503,3133Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$2,012,34042%2,639-172$763$33,595,3853Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$1,365,80952%1,820-607$750$131,204,1517Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$1,313,94044%2,154-879$610$52,793,2254Universal
13Mirror Mirror$1,039,39485%2,017-921$515$58,239,7695Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$884,29268%1,572-930$563$79,955,9755Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$848,63465%1,409-1106$602$55,731,5634Paramount
16Lockout$419,65151%1,259-1076$333$13,087,0833Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$402,155107%883-700$455$208,184,0959Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$232,78180%401-43$581$101,733,49112Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$209,94084%335-111$627$7,674,6438CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$131,54136%2630$500$2,024,6485Weinstein Company
5This Means War$81,57844%232-61$352$54,314,55611Fox
6Safe House$75,68054%229-72$330$125,814,63512Universal
7Act of Valor$68,02155%28556$239$69,638,15910Relativity Media
8The Vow$53,91838%218-79$247$124,782,55612Sony / Screen Gems
9A Thousand Words$52,82277%1691$313$18,037,6688Paramount
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$42,34969%127-48$333$51,638,38411Sony / Columbia
12Project X (2012)$32,75335%155-103$211$54,615,7999Warner Bros.
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$24,622165%111-24$222$132,975,79420Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$89,31624%500$1,786$596,4042Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$36,19772%67-39$540$1,058,3843Code Black Entertainment
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$27,74973%79-43$351$4,124,6207Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$27,097-13%342$797$18,476,10456Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sound of My Voice$16,03330%5--$3,207$28,3691Fox Searchlight
6Blue Like Jazz$15,26724%46-80$332$542,1113Roadside Attractions
7Friends With Kids$14,88044%53-30$281$7,148,5818Roadside Attractions
8The Artist$14,48592%50-36$290$44,203,68523Weinstein Company
9We Bought a Zoo$13,256102%52-14$255$75,580,59019Fox
10The Woman in Black$12,66643%63-27$201$54,315,26213CBS Films
11Touchback$11,68832%28-41$417$177,4433Anchor Bay Films
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,14987%27-5$339$43,425,33412Fox
13Casa de mi Padre$8,71960%36-22$242$5,804,9417Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,95658%39-42$204$34,874,85410Lionsgate
15Red Tails$7,23056%23-16$314$49,844,41315Fox
16Coriolanus$6,97564%140$498$702,67915Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$5,73040%22-37$260$12,748,4098Open Road
18Undefeated$4,93341%203$247$516,74211Weinstein Company
19Albert Nobbs$2,673102%161$167$3,006,13914Roadside Attractions
20W.E.$2,62418%10-5$262$574,63313Weinstein Company