'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, Dec. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,738,293-61%4,045--$1,913$92,355,5961Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$805,916-57%2,285271$353$108,493,2356Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$701,272-59%2,924-477$240$272,623,0676Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$603,315-63%2,548-398$237$70,175,7874Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$523,728-62%3,042-604$172$277,349,8715Lionsgate / Summit
6Rise of The Guardians$493,963-78%3,387-252$146$71,579,2314Paramount / DreamWorks
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$332,962-57%2,8403$117$11,070,4972FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$257,756-74%2,249-497$115$168,979,3487Disney
10Red Dawn (2012)$230,197-63%2,250-504$102$41,134,5024FilmDistrict
11Killing Them Softly$144,793-50%1,427-997$101$14,285,2253Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$255,344-57%3710$688$17,234,6675Weinstein Company
2Argo$144,133-56%667-277$216$105,099,21210Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$142,370-55%409-13$348$8,522,8875Focus
4Hitchcock$135,825-57%561380$242$3,207,6964Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$66,874-52%621-782$108$6,587,6683LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$33,689-54%339-91$99$138,166,18211Fox
7Pitch Perfect$31,540-50%332-55$95$63,900,96312Universal
8The Sessions$16,443-61%151-46$109$5,224,9819Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,364-43%125-50$115$17,022,37713Lionsgate / Summit
10End of Watch$13,350-52%172-1077$78$40,483,28613Open Road
11Looper$13,344-49%190-42$70$66,318,38912Sony / TriStar
12Talaash$11,181-76%113-49$99$2,717,6643Reliance Entertainment
13Sinister$9,925-55%184107$54$47,927,36910Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$8,874-28%100-41$89$14,998,63510CBS Films
15Alex Cross$8,176-57%175-39$47$25,747,9339Lionsgate / Summit
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,906-60%157109$44$53,815,1409Paramount
17The Man With the Iron Fists$6,295-48%105-76$60$15,614,8407Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$31,659-62%3632$879$436,4752Focus
2Cloud Atlas$13,949-49%98-93$142$26,637,1728Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$11,221-52%14-3$802$460,6634Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$9,6556%520$186$10,217,72335Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$8,846-40%46-17$192$1,093,1847Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,86525%300$229$21,516,17089Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,096-77%84-6$37$161,014,48723Fox
8The Master$2,417-28%14-9$173$15,914,91614Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$1,974-68%2513$79$13,071,87530Weinstein Company
11Hecho en Mexico$1,336-77%10-16$134$147,2723Lionsgate / Pantelion
12House at the End of the Street$965-66%41-27$24$31,608,56313Relativity Media
13Arbitrage$956-60%10-15$96$7,891,65714Roadside Attractions
14This Must Be the Place$610-33%3-2$203$142,8527Weinstein Company