'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 Sun, Jun. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,767,643-26%3,920-343$1,471$157,086,0373Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$4,391,308-22%3,108--$1,413$16,306,9741Fox
5That's My Boy$2,320,733-19%3,0300$766$27,910,7942Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$2,320,605-29%2,919-782$795$137,128,3504Universal
7Rock of Ages$2,014,348-35%3,4700$581$28,418,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
8Marvel's The Avengers$1,923,466-37%2,230-352$863$598,425,4428Disney
9Men in Black 3$1,639,168-30%2,462-673$666$163,465,7075Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,046,859-30%1,625--$644$3,822,8031Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$996,727-28%395217$2,523$11,613,8285Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$476,634-32%741-443$643$38,383,9638Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$184,755-28%414-179$446$402,964,54014Lionsgate
5Safety Not Guaranteed$139,798-29%12982$1,084$1,074,5333FilmDistrict
6The Dictator$108,989-28%316-803$345$58,705,0526Paramount
7For Greater Glory$103,11522%160-220$644$5,081,9934ARC Entertainment
8What to Expect When You're Expecting$93,144-38%411-805$227$39,797,9476Lionsgate
9Think Like a Man$74,088-31%23830$311$91,041,62910Sony / Screen Gems
10Dark Shadows$69,768-36%302-378$231$75,753,1077Warner Bros.
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$58,500-28%234-43$250$212,901,27517Universal
1221 Jump Street$47,320-14%160-60$296$138,264,31515Sony / Columbia
13Chernobyl Diaries$43,857-14%240-15$183$17,885,4325Warner Bros.
14The Cabin in the Woods$43,569-18%196-28$222$41,777,29211Lionsgate
15Mirror Mirror$41,511-34%222-56$187$64,248,38513Relativity Media
16The Three Stooges$35,084-21%154-47$228$43,656,89011Fox
17The Lucky One (2012)$32,752-31%202-148$162$60,154,23810Warner Bros.
18The Raven$21,011-19%133104$158$15,915,9439Relativity Media
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$18,179-32%115-34$158$29,262,6979Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$104,970-31%74-3$1,419$2,093,5165Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$58,692-19%521$1,129$4,063,64110Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,356-26%85-23$204$103,812,24120Warner Bros. / New Line
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,100-17%330$488$19,596,59364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lola Versus$14,460-22%50-2$289$203,0943Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$14,425-22%70-35$206$83,640,42613Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$12,620-7%16-141$789$266,1472Indomina Media
8Rowdy Rathore$5,38632%9-23$598$770,4464UTV Communications
9Crooked Arrows$3,0471%25-72$122$1,787,8096Branded/Peck Films