'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, Feb. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,059,135-26%3,009--$352$24,105,5491Lionsgate / Summit
2Silver Linings Playbook$793,177-13%2,809168$282$82,331,47412Weinstein Company
3Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$770,416-26%3,3753$228$37,352,5342Paramount
4Zero Dark Thirty$463,248-14%2,871-58$161$79,111,1247Sony / Columbia
5Bullet to the Head$363,267-30%2,404--$151$5,866,9151Warner Bros.
8Django Unchained$297,725-19%1,777-230$168$151,922,8556Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$244,552-11%1,756-153$139$171,504,04213Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$221,760-17%1,848-362$120$142,197,1306Universal
11Gangster Squad$197,421-22%1,625-965$121$43,744,7764Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$156,433-24%2,0230$77$8,240,7442Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,033-20%1,300-375$119$296,696,9708Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$146,568-20%1,786-836$82$18,612,9693Fox
15A Haunted House$109,841-15%1,501-501$73$38,119,3404Open Road
16Parental Guidance$89,890-14%1,480-256$61$73,179,7666Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$212,106-17%935300$227$121,022,40617Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$162,989-19%902-39$181$106,613,38811Fox
3Stand Up Guys$153,338-22%659--$233$1,991,7001Lionsgate / Roadside
4Quartet$152,337-10%20239$754$3,924,6374Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$117,718-24%765-17$154$15,592,8927Lionsgate / Summit
6This is 40$31,705-19%373-134$85$67,031,0207Universal
7Jack Reacher$30,432-15%450-438$68$78,850,2637Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$29,5722%66072$45$183,314,81214Disney
9The Last Stand$24,265-22%689-2224$35$11,785,7173Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$23,226-8%1440$161$5,672,0629Focus
11The Guilt Trip$18,362-9%291-61$63$36,570,4407Paramount
12Race 2$15,979-46%139-14$115$1,431,2102UTV Motion Pictures
14Rise of The Guardians$11,601-16%3072$38$105,982,75011Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,203-11%189-27$59$291,317,19612Lionsgate / Summit
16Red Dawn (2012)$6,780-13%153-52$44$44,689,39211FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,157-20%148113$42$13,046,9619FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,182-22%121-164$26$34,080,7575Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,694-7%90-8$130$12,605,26712Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$6,7442%520$130$11,099,33242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$5,7938%28-9$207$16,218,31721Weinstein Company
4The Sessions$4,21764%29-33$145$5,919,40816Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$3,8146%300$127$21,877,65596Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,237-29%50-46$65$12,460,6607Paramount
7Taken 2$3,1171%83-41$38$139,822,53818Fox
8Hitchcock$3,08715%44-46$70$5,900,20511Fox Searchlight
9A Late Quartet$1,206-40%122$101$1,503,07214Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,0750%37-19$29$17,741,81520Lionsgate / Summit
11Pitch Perfect$815-20%41-50$20$64,993,45819Universal
12LUV$714-26%8-13$89$154,1423Indomina Media
13Girls Against Boys$3641%2--$182$7,2681Anchor Bay Films