'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 Fri, Jan. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$9,034,2023148%2,9372877$3,076$14,515,0094Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$6,792,123--2,160--$3,145$6,792,1231Open Road
3Gangster Squad$6,714,883--3,103--$2,164$6,714,8831Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$3,442,64284%3,0122$1,143$117,776,7643Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$2,853,825105%2,92723$975$111,932,5453Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,349,056104%3,012-743$780$271,393,2435Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$1,850,373156%2,027126$913$148,115,43310Disney / DreamWorks
8Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,833,210160%2,6595$689$27,434,9502Lionsgate
9Parental Guidance$1,689,134252%2,957-411$571$56,239,4383Fox
10Jack Reacher$1,544,923123%2,707-581$571$69,353,2534Paramount
11This is 40$1,438,385123%2,320-611$620$58,507,3404Universal
12The Guilt Trip$597,45182%1,606-706$372$33,160,3484Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$402,96948%1,647-29$245$6,007,6703Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$288,79047%1,127-976$256$29,158,2764Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,496,241163%81065$1,847$37,801,9469Weinstein Company
2The Impossible$747,366232%808236$925$5,061,4554Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$670,363123%757-208$886$92,766,5158Fox
4Skyfall$462,24390%823-484$562$298,255,45610Sony / Columbia
5Argo$344,512277%621319$555$110,749,49614Warner Bros.
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$175,50086%542-283$324$289,705,0789Lionsgate / Summit
7Hyde Park on Hudson$172,26386%24624$700$3,762,0676Focus
8Rise of The Guardians$161,60094%905-602$179$97,846,6938Paramount / DreamWorks
9Wreck-It Ralph$112,356148%476-233$236$178,834,12911Disney
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$98,865-5%430-387$230$11,409,7834Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$74,614--252-15$296$146,357,68816Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$63,56735%144-19$441$11,781,7299Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$58,490--228-15$257$44,237,63714Sony / Columbia
15Taken 2$42,511142%190-23$224$139,396,07615Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$34,734198%225-27$154$43,962,5408FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$30,030180%154-11$195$64,727,97316Universal
18Hitchcock$26,72041%1279$210$5,586,2168Fox Searchlight
19The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,783128%1002$218$17,536,55217Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloud Atlas$21,61763%1627$133$26,975,66212Warner Bros.
21End of Watch$18,111141%111-29$163$40,939,56717Open Road
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$10,643122%107-32$99$12,882,2886FilmDistrict
23Not Fade Away$10,482-64%177-388$59$544,2694Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$16,70767%5413$309$5,680,34513Fox Searchlight
2Quartet$11,816--2--$5,908$11,8161Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$11,16257%520$215$10,700,43839Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$9,92168%17-6$584$1,388,04611Entertainment One / RKO
5Killing Them Softly$6,36986%31-20$205$14,926,4107Weinstein Company
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,026194%48-5$105$161,216,42527Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,8795%300$129$21,708,74893Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Master$3,66978%164$229$15,990,39518Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$1,801-40%121$150$13,173,59334Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$386143%40$97$7,917,28018Roadside Attractions