'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 Tue, Jun. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,140,02013%4,258--$1,677$73,785,6261Paramount / DreamWorks
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,966,75011%3,7774$785$104,185,8952Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,937,66918%3,792-456$511$139,478,9673Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,547,79612%3,129-541$495$575,233,7646Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$557,81440%1,2984$430$31,996,4746Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$467,67722%2,087-820$224$36,673,6504Lionsgate
8The Dictator$386,06724%1,651-998$234$55,978,1824Paramount
10Dark Shadows$206,14514%1,550-1452$133$74,173,0285Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$138,4301%1,180-1253$117$17,218,4943Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$171,5839%751-348$228$400,601,12112Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$120,1653%642-115$187$3,759,3772ARC Entertainment
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$54,96022%290-25$190$212,128,42015Universal
4Mirror Mirror$54,51722%303-54$180$63,576,15711Relativity Media
5The Lucky One (2012)$53,0279%402-2$132$59,579,5368Warner Bros.
6Think Like a Man$43,0930%287-222$150$90,399,7808Sony / Screen Gems
7Crooked Arrows$31,83216%278-49$115$1,617,2134Branded/Peck Films
8The Three Stooges$30,46012%245-40$124$43,180,5869Fox
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$21,43740%126-29$170$103,584,19518Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$20,46229%317-268$65$29,008,0727Sony / Columbia
11The Five-Year Engagement$18,45024%175-43$105$28,523,5507Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$16,14015%150-55$108$83,441,51811Warner Bros.
13The Cabin in the Woods$11,1147%113-23$98$41,311,8019Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$8,529-1%111-64$77$17,068,6427Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$232,24219%9680$2,419$4,158,3533Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$65,22333%511$1,279$3,294,3078Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$48,26020%7727$627$1,103,0593Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$15,869-23%330$481$19,390,70962Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$11,88515%9--$1,321$119,9541FilmDistrict
6Piranha 3DD$11,077165%78-8$142$330,6312Weinstein Company
7Bully (2012)$5,960167%31-57$192$3,471,67811Weinstein Company
8Girl in Progress$4,4712%577$78$2,564,9515Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Lola Versus$3,5808%4--$895$38,7241Fox Searchlight
10The Raven$3,35352%34-27$99$15,822,8737Relativity Media
11The Artist$2,6016%36-51$72$44,655,58829Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$1,3973%24-24$58$389,2437Fox Searchlight
13High School$96250%4-196$241$137,6852Anchor Bay Films
14Friends With Kids$2537%5-3$51$7,250,57614Roadside Attractions