'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, Jan. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,847,754-24%2,9372877$629$36,514,0094Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,355,261-28%3,103--$437$21,818,0471Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,076,062-23%3,0122$357$129,072,6033Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$878,555-22%2,92723$300$121,606,7453Universal
5A Haunted House$777,002-20%2,160--$360$20,831,1481Open Road
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$638,323-22%3,012-743$212$280,327,3935Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$590,361-18%2,027126$291$154,532,27510Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$359,981-22%2,707-581$133$73,805,1414Paramount
9This is 40$336,385-22%2,320-611$145$62,544,4754Universal
10Parental Guidance$320,959-24%2,957-411$109$61,680,1223Fox
11Texas Chainsaw 3D$295,371-26%2,6595$111$31,922,5722Lionsgate
12The Guilt Trip$147,116-21%1,606-706$92$34,931,9944Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$127,953-17%1,647-29$78$7,278,4723Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$84,714-10%1,127-976$75$30,846,6694Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$648,608-14%81065$801$43,305,6329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$236,065-28%757-208$312$95,598,9178Fox
3Argo$207,495-13%621319$334$112,315,08614Warner Bros.
4The Impossible$199,620-20%808236$247$7,492,8714Lionsgate / Summit
5Skyfall$126,801-22%823-484$154$299,754,72910Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$62,618-5%24624$255$4,376,0636Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$49,094-11%542-283$91$290,330,2689Lionsgate / Summit
8Rise of The Guardians$43,066-10%905-602$48$98,889,6628Paramount / DreamWorks
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$42,850-17%430-387$100$11,904,3174Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$31,065-3%476-233$65$179,474,83811Disney
11Anna Karenina (2012)$29,894-11%144-19$208$12,038,9399Focus
13Hitchcock$13,436-6%1279$106$5,691,7438Fox Searchlight
14Taken 2$12,273-3%190-23$65$139,536,33815Fox
15Cloud Atlas$8,568-12%1627$53$27,054,60512Warner Bros.
16Red Dawn (2012)$8,560-14%225-27$38$44,063,3848FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$6,8950%154-11$45$64,820,34316Universal
18The Perks of Being A Wallflower$6,6144%1002$66$17,600,93817Lionsgate / Summit
19Not Fade Away$5,879-8%177-388$33$591,9284Paramount Vantage
20End of Watch$4,9932%111-29$45$40,998,02917Open Road
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,047-23%107-32$28$12,913,7596FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$7,148-2%5413$132$5,742,39113Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-2%520$127$10,778,99439Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Quartet$5,597-13%2--$2,799$65,6391Weinstein Company
4The Master$5,3345%164$333$16,022,45118Weinstein Company
5A Late Quartet$4,20716%17-6$247$1,420,84711Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$2,5712%31-20$83$14,945,5417Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,105-53%300$70$21,738,34893Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,70511%48-5$36$161,244,69627Fox
9The Intouchables$1,67119%121$139$13,183,95234Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$238-41%40$60$7,919,17618Roadside Attractions