'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, Jun. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$17,879,285-13%3,239--$5,520$38,463,1301Universal
3Magic Mike$11,354,091-41%2,930--$3,875$30,725,4781Warner Bros.
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$9,390,505-7%2,161--$4,345$19,538,6001Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$4,654,22329%3,715-205$1,253$176,461,0064Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$2,309,81225%3,1091$743$27,198,1862Fox
8Marvel's The Avengers$1,816,64739%1,757-473$1,034$605,205,2419Disney
9Snow White and the Huntsman$1,776,12032%2,337-582$760$144,305,8155Universal
10People Like Us$1,658,06614%2,055--$807$3,111,3031Disney / DreamWorks
11Men in Black 3$1,196,24439%1,902-560$629$168,797,1646Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$1,136,00928%2,405-1065$472$34,203,3353Warner Bros. / New Line
13That's My Boy$819,0428%2,363-667$347$33,752,8123Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$422,63432%1,608-17$263$6,292,8692Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$2,014,42845%854459$2,359$16,939,8886Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$462,28366%534-207$866$40,061,2809Fox Searchlight
3Safety Not Guaranteed$161,99160%16435$988$1,568,1754FilmDistrict
5The Hunger Games$158,15639%278-136$569$403,643,84915Lionsgate
6Dark Shadows$156,03733%36563$427$76,160,5348Warner Bros.
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$108,43827%284169$382$29,499,63210Sony / Columbia
8Think Like a Man$60,85622%185-53$329$91,303,50711Sony / Screen Gems
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$58,58018%202-32$290$213,171,86518Universal
10The Dictator$56,86824%130-186$437$59,044,6257Paramount
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$52,35413%203-208$258$40,099,1927Lionsgate
12Mirror Mirror$47,86416%166-56$288$64,462,57114Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$33,83528%141-19$240$138,419,58016Sony / Columbia
14The Cabin in the Woods$29,96634%149-47$201$41,919,35812Lionsgate
15The Three Stooges$28,14629%117-37$241$43,786,69312Fox
16The Lucky One (2012)$25,20412%115-87$219$60,286,23911Warner Bros.
17Chernobyl Diaries$21,84638%145-95$151$18,009,3216Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$133,41073%68-6$1,962$2,477,2386Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$84,97828%520$1,634$4,467,86611Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$63,89624%4--$15,974$166,7471Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$36,25555%73-87$497$5,269,4005ARC Entertainment
5Born to Be Wild 3D$20,787-2%330$630$19,698,84865Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Raven$8,43326%78-55$108$15,976,90810Relativity Media
7Lola Versus$4,25830%30-20$142$237,1484Fox Searchlight
8Crooked Arrows$3,5466%13-12$273$1,801,3337Branded/Peck Films
9Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$1,123-10%1-15$1,123$287,9093Indomina Media
10Rowdy Rathore$958317%2-7$479$775,3045UTV Communications