'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. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Zero Dark Thirty$954,683-21%2,9469$324$59,102,2075Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$845,014-16%2,5231713$335$58,546,59810Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$664,332-26%3,1030$214$34,798,6862Warner Bros.
5Django Unchained$597,237-20%2,516-496$237$140,681,9714Weinstein Company
6Broken City$543,859-26%2,620--$208$10,741,3271Fox
7Les Miserables (2012)$528,695-20%2,579-348$205$132,757,7704Universal
8Lincoln$421,770-17%2,174147$194$162,746,80511Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$409,182-19%2,323-689$176$289,530,2406Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$396,781-29%2,913--$136$8,170,1971Lionsgate
11A Haunted House$334,556-26%2,1600$155$31,871,8682Open Road
12Life of Pi$230,804-27%1,256499$184$100,593,4639Fox
13Parental Guidance$197,275-29%2,337-620$84$68,134,1234Fox
14Jack Reacher$148,978-20%1,707-1000$87$77,198,4885Paramount
15This is 40$129,360-19%1,232-1088$105$65,468,2705Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$73,620-22%1,474-1185$50$33,790,5843Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$52,492-42%1,312836$40$181,700,13612Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$184,559-25%88678$208$11,158,5845Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$167,165-7%756135$221$115,585,01115Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$66,103-20%507-316$130$301,180,02411Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$45,948-21%642-964$72$35,921,0785Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$39,443-5%194-52$203$5,011,0997Focus
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$38,127-27%565-562$67$32,065,9605Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$22,359-11%306-236$73$290,830,61410Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$21,573-40%474-431$46$99,819,3799Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$19,617-5%265-165$74$12,262,6005Paramount
11Anna Karenina (2012)$17,266-20%117-27$148$12,301,38310Focus
12Red Dawn (2012)$14,679-17%24924$59$44,369,6539FilmDistrict
13Promised Land (2012)$12,227-18%134-1513$91$7,583,7704Focus
14Hitchcock$9,2966%122-5$76$5,806,3029Fox Searchlight
15Taken 2$6,599-10%156-34$42$139,688,03016Fox
16Pitch Perfect$3,125-29%125-29$25$64,920,34317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$35,570-27%3230$1,112$502,5152Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-40%520$127$10,905,75640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3LUV$5,708-2%45--$127$113,7631Indomina Media
4The Sessions$5,55316%628$90$5,812,59114Fox Searchlight
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,0675%73-27$56$17,679,06418Lionsgate / Summit
6The Master$3,261-2%14-2$233$16,054,79319Weinstein Company
7A Late Quartet$3,08729%14-3$221$1,453,76212Entertainment One / RKO
8Cloud Atlas$3,0484%58-104$53$27,104,55913Warner Bros.
9Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-44%300$79$21,794,30094Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,6391%58-49$28$12,941,7827FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$1,42822%7--$204$21,9227GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,016-2%56-121$18$609,3775Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$82-25%1--$82$1,3751Anchor Bay Films