'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 Tue, Jan. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,734,25621%3,372--$514$22,859,3851Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$987,63838%2,641118$374$70,610,77711Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$780,26222%2,929-17$266$71,224,2646Sony / Columbia
6Django Unchained$485,06920%2,007-509$242$147,126,7755Weinstein Company
7Gangster Squad$451,37026%2,590-513$174$40,533,7813Warner Bros.
8Les Miserables (2012)$443,09029%2,210-369$200$138,331,8455Universal
9Broken City$432,26140%2,6222$165$16,030,1262Fox
10Lincoln$381,83731%1,909-265$200$167,724,83712Disney / DreamWorks
11Movie 43$379,78114%2,023--$188$5,517,4921Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$268,17312%1,675-648$160$293,831,1387Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Last Stand$231,46028%2,9130$79$11,096,3452Lionsgate
14A Haunted House$220,0132%2,002-158$110$35,876,2673Open Road
15Parental Guidance$153,923-2%1,736-601$89$71,156,6645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$242,54631%941-315$258$103,855,76210Fox
2Argo$218,42223%635-121$344$117,964,45516Warner Bros.
3The Impossible$183,44834%782-104$235$13,617,3086Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$168,50240%163131$1,034$1,988,4103Weinstein Company
5Race 2$81,11171%153--$530$1,013,3971UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$68,9988%888-819$78$78,306,4996Paramount
7This is 40$65,91037%507-725$130$66,437,8006Universal
8Wreck-It Ralph$36,195-22%588-724$62$182,567,30313Disney
9The Guilt Trip$31,81342%352-290$90$36,294,2026Paramount
10Hyde Park on Hudson$28,67720%144-50$199$5,364,5398Focus
11Rise of The Guardians$21,158-21%305-169$69$100,260,94710Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$16,915-6%216-90$78$291,110,57411Lionsgate / Summit
14Red Dawn (2012)$11,2952%205-44$55$44,559,83710FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,87414%285-1189$35$34,012,4854Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,6606%124-32$38$139,770,32017Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$17,27339%98-19$176$12,463,13611Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,75810%96-169$112$12,396,7416Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$10,544-11%520$203$11,002,13941Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$8,123-8%3723$220$16,145,09220Weinstein Company
5The Sessions$5,483-47%620$88$5,877,40615Fox Searchlight
6Hitchcock$5,41334%90-32$60$5,866,96610Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,3655%300$112$21,834,06795Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Pitch Perfect$2,695-1%91-34$30$64,972,28318Universal
9A Late Quartet$2,63025%10-4$263$1,476,53113Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,5076%56-17$45$17,718,71219Lionsgate / Summit
11LUV$1,817-22%21-24$87$143,1162Indomina Media
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,57460%35-23$45$12,955,1418FilmDistrict