'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 Thu, Oct. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$2,508,353-10%3,661--$685$64,258,8521Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,104,5437%3,3523$330$84,892,6172Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$1,011,0507%2,7702435$365$26,748,4632Universal
4Looper$933,620-6%2,9931$312$45,142,4252Sony / TriStar
6End of Watch$360,012-10%2,370-410$152$34,672,1753Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$303,257-10%3,003-209$101$31,218,1093Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$210,625-3%2,720-363$77$28,686,0043Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$120,9138%1,746-893$69$39,727,2304Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$103,360-5%1,361-1020$76$41,512,1264Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$100,3010%2,5172$40$4,959,9832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$136,7996%221119$619$3,985,4453Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$133,046-20%8648$154$13,096,9084Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$68,231-5%575-80$119$445,688,59712Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$68,014-7%831-1726$82$13,049,6963Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$42,601-25%244-12$175$6,309,8894Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$35,928-8%821-797$44$48,571,0246Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$31,2950%482-342$65$112,422,2809Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$26,0947%534-653$49$50,325,0558Disney
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$22,94328%300-87$76$159,589,21013Fox
10Lawless$18,421-13%611-892$30$37,096,4536Weinstein Company
11Ted (2012)$17,7655%187-38$95$218,416,14515Universal
12The Campaign$14,388-15%303-327$47$86,338,5639Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$12,04124%257-75$47$48,318,56510Fox
15The Expendables 2$11,573-23%313-502$37$84,435,9908Lionsgate
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,68827%155-48$63$216,280,10818Paramount / DreamWorks
17Barfi!$7,031-33%110-17$64$2,741,9394UTV Communications

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,53636%520$356$9,034,46525Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$11,012-13%84-37$131$12,695,31120Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$6,80514%9210$74$45,415,64820Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,14919%51-18$121$11,127,01115Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,59428%330$139$21,002,28179Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,95241%12--$329$43,9281Roadside Attractions
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,095-39%18-14$116$46,355,20623Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$2,09415%43-41$49$1,251,7496Focus
9The Apparition$1,4269%38-27$38$4,936,8197Warner Bros.
10The Watch$1,313-24%32-14$41$34,339,70911Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$1,028-59%24-10$43$4,001,58418FilmDistrict
12Heroine$1,02138%18-79$57$598,6683UTV Communications
1310 Years$75723%21-42$36$203,6544Anchor Bay Films
14Thaandavam$730-47%21-24$35$197,8022UTV Communications
15Toys in the Attic$298-4%4-2$75$64,0955Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$23050%6-1$38$3,377,6189ARC Entertainment