'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 Mon, May. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$5,687,934-66%4,249-100$1,339$463,353,4513Disney
3The Dictator$2,157,365-57%3,008--$717$26,633,5381Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,255,159-64%3,7550$334$51,976,9182Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,138,289-56%3,021--$377$11,685,3571Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$353,004-59%2,064-467$171$391,934,4459Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$260,717-62%1,722-330$151$86,099,1775Sony / Screen Gems
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$249,648-56%1,840-1239$136$25,739,7844Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$188,259-58%2,005-834$94$57,122,8875Warner Bros.
10The Five-Year Engagement$141,025-55%1,175-1394$120$27,244,0354Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$522,294-48%354176$1,475$8,750,3193Fox Searchlight
3The Cabin in the Woods$55,174-48%448-581$123$40,606,8136Lionsgate
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$47,375-66%379-76$125$210,238,70012Universal
5Wrath of the Titans$45,320-70%36095$126$82,565,6108Warner Bros.
6Mirror Mirror$44,338-66%407-200$109$61,595,5748Relativity Media
7Safe (2012)$38,557-62%503-1187$77$16,628,5074Lionsgate
8Girl in Progress$36,347-76%3220$113$2,173,7182Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Three Stooges$36,206-68%594-822$61$41,866,8386Fox
10The Raven$30,507-50%432-1456$71$15,576,2934Relativity Media
11American Reunion$30,450-60%290-231$105$56,525,4057Universal
12Bully (2012)$30,21648%204-59$148$3,150,3458Weinstein Company
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,859-69%245-15$77$102,878,47415Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$17,171-36%134-66$128$8,738,20811CBS Films
15Lockout$9,737-58%191-64$51$14,301,3076Open Road
16A Thousand Words$5,601-68%110-17$51$18,380,12811Paramount
17The Artist$3,087-64%103-648$30$44,552,53826Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,925-5%490$1,203$1,894,0945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$19,69030%340$579$18,939,85459Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$13,596-73%55--$247$269,9421Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$8,128-50%70-87$116$57,744,3637Paramount
5Sound of My Voice$6,239-33%37-9$169$255,9664Fox Searchlight
6This Means War$5,230-51%90-42$58$54,675,93414Fox
7Act of Valor$3,561-86%96-22$37$69,982,00113Relativity Media
8Friends With Kids$1,420-62%25-11$57$7,227,93011Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,357-60%17-6$80$1,202,9196Code Black Entertainment
10Lovely Molly$958-28%5--$192$13,5121Image Entertainment
11Coriolanus$837-48%8-3$105$750,47818Weinstein Company
12The Road (2012)$804-60%10-40$80$89,6752Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$608-53%9-4$68$549,07814Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$253-53%3-6$84$49,869,06118Fox
15Blue Like Jazz$238-49%7-4$34$592,8276Roadside Attractions
16Touchback$75168%3-1$25$204,1436Anchor Bay Films
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$38-76%1-11$38$43,455,95415Fox