'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, Jul. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$19,389,129-52%4,404--$4,403$180,276,4241Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,885,030-51%3,8865$742$91,725,3142Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$1,550,349-51%3,753-565$413$230,161,7743Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$1,430,230-50%3,214-89$445$181,861,6554Universal
6Magic Mike$666,461-37%2,606-484$256$102,632,9204Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$274,955-53%1,540-464$179$60,564,5774Lionsgate
9Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$236,417-29%1,123-1609$211$22,849,1233Paramount
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$220,850-43%1,261-1024$175$207,847,0517Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$263,474-50%895-29$294$36,351,4339Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$103,929-55%12948$806$2,959,0714Fox Searchlight
3Dark Shadows$103,693-59%412173$252$78,724,66711Warner Bros.
4Marvel's The Avengers$98,364-44%495-252$199$615,156,78912Disney
5Snow White and the Huntsman$67,485-44%409-268$165$152,656,8008Universal
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$63,861-49%288-54$222$43,916,63212Fox Searchlight
8Rock of Ages$38,384-45%32267$119$38,004,8196Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Hunger Games$31,550-42%190-22$166$405,259,26118Lionsgate
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$30,535-47%266-389$115$36,515,9265Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$21,375-55%124-58$172$2,962,0647FilmDistrict
13What to Expect When You're Expecting$18,346-41%192-29$96$40,972,50410Lionsgate
14Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$15,030-36%167-1$90$213,964,53521Universal
15The Dictator$8,032-50%105-56$76$59,625,10010Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$52,9932%520$1,019$6,021,73914Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$37,786-60%918$415$7,110,4889Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,12913%330$458$20,095,29168Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Three Stooges$5,067-62%53-19$96$44,165,37915Fox
5Mirror Mirror$4,759-34%59-32$81$64,834,39617Relativity Media
6For Greater Glory$3,298-62%33-9$100$5,561,0228ARC Entertainment
7Easy Money (2012)$2,550-43%20$1,275$54,6012Weinstein Company
8The Imposter$1,331--1--$1,331$43,0742Indomina Releasing
9A Cat In Paris$1,275-73%180$71$232,5568GKIDS