'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 Wed, Nov. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$1,822,013-62%3,752--$486$58,572,6701Disney
3Argo$742,280-13%2,774-81$268$78,173,5074Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$486,505-33%1,868--$260$9,769,7351Universal
5Cloud Atlas$419,169-19%2,0135$208$19,784,4022Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$361,842-29%2,639-356$137$126,898,4165Fox
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$255,404-30%2,9330$87$14,808,8052Open Road
8Paranormal Activity 4$217,085-32%3,006-406$72$50,380,6493Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$185,573-50%2,314-177$80$36,296,1854Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$165,950-42%1,502-497$110$56,324,6086Universal
11Hotel Transylvania$165,784-64%2,922-354$57$138,353,0996Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$157,840-26%1,882-465$84$44,875,1344Lionsgate / Summit
13Alex Cross$126,821-33%1,648-893$77$23,553,0913Lionsgate / Summit
14Chasing Mavericks$95,105-30%2,03028$47$4,699,5512Fox
15Fun Size$87,618-62%3,0162$29$7,935,3482Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$103,211-15%696-493$148$63,985,3436Sony / TriStar
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$84,652-29%622-114$136$13,371,1647Lionsgate / Summit
3Seven Psychopaths$64,851-18%459-544$141$13,624,7544CBS Films
5The Dark Knight Rises$23,2391%2910$80$447,595,45516Warner Bros.
6The Master$19,02520%138-63$138$15,563,0058Weinstein Company
7Trouble with the Curve$16,962-27%286-134$59$35,018,2717Warner Bros.
8End of Watch$15,485-10%158-132$98$38,901,1057Open Road
10Arbitrage$10,879-21%116-9$94$7,570,0578Roadside Attractions
11The Campaign$9,308-18%188-34$50$86,775,20413Warner Bros.
12The Expendables 2$9,219-10%173-5$53$84,883,88212Lionsgate
13The Bourne Legacy$9,180-8%153-38$60$113,194,00013Universal
14The Possession$7,195-11%15573$46$49,005,61610Lionsgate
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,061-45%157-35$39$160,445,84217Fox
16House at the End of the Street$4,130-21%128-174$32$31,196,1957Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$41,3554%6949$599$1,064,4613Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$10,022-21%520$193$9,564,89929Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$6,291-18%9--$699$99,7221Entertainment One / RKO
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,406-4%300$180$21,221,60083Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$4,426-35%60--$74$111,2901UTV Communications
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,73411%70-77$53$3,296,5764Atlas Distribution
7The Intouchables$2,881-8%28-20$103$12,946,48824Weinstein Company
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,374-68%95-21$25$48,749,86814Fox
9The Bay$2,157-16%23--$94$26,8441Roadside Attractions
10Lawless$1,459-1%35-61$42$37,369,96610Weinstein Company
11Won't Back Down$1,275-37%41-24$31$5,290,0566Fox
12This Must Be the Place$1,201-8%2--$601$11,6311Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$390-27%6-2$65$47,2734Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$286-19%40$72$70,7925Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$693%1--$69$6961Anchor Bay Films