'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 Thu, Mar. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,582,193-4%3,9120$660$155,528,1332Disney
2The Call$1,101,832-6%2,507--$440$22,204,1211Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$603,525-10%3,160--$191$13,090,4301Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$471,158-6%3,357-168$140$56,087,2833Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$382,295-4%2,842-160$135$125,181,9456Universal
6Snitch (2013)$279,6380%2,35313$119$38,412,5494Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$278,341-3%2,424-347$115$23,135,3203Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$238,723-12%1,602-125$149$125,578,54318Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$221,6504%2,206-335$100$67,780,1455Relativity Media
10Dead Man Down$188,510-19%2,1880$86$10,305,8682FilmDistrict
11Escape From Planet Earth$161,996-7%2,211-338$73$52,877,3775Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$109,834-11%1,117-608$98$65,937,1825Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$65,118-13%1,575-1125$41$14,688,9073CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$125,301-9%688-27$182$15,336,22910Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$106,061-14%646-25$164$121,826,51117Fox
3Emperor$63,498-19%31150$204$2,316,9692Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$51,238-15%402-200$127$30,711,1116Open Road
5Warm Bodies$49,7461%659-393$75$64,780,9387Lionsgate / Summit
6Lincoln$43,289-7%46634$93$181,591,78019Disney / DreamWorks
7Dark Skies$43,0562%703-802$61$16,829,4854Weinstein / Dimension
8Argo$42,555-16%540-201$79$135,376,83523Warner Bros.
9Zero Dark Thirty$36,339-12%450-72$81$95,476,53413Sony / Columbia
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,7751%305-32$104$302,517,73314Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$31,622-11%266-70$119$161,723,81612Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$28,85019%241-45$120$148,578,35512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$16,6292%213-62$78$103,071,72417Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$14,5244%2223$65$76,600,59712Fox
16The Impossible$12,4885%105-9$119$18,659,45513Lionsgate / Summit
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$10,659-5%130-95$82$54,723,8338Paramount
18Jack Reacher$8,949-2%130-64$69$80,070,73613Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,40710%125-156$67$19,205,9175Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$27,017-12%9477$287$771,3253Fox Searchlight
2Girl Rising$18,610574%10-8$1,861$427,8862Gathr Films
3To the Arctic 3D$16,10455%520$310$11,736,75448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$8,255-3%300$275$22,235,803102Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bless Me, Ultima$6,594-9%45-7$147$1,490,7614Arenas Entertainment
7Hyde Park on Hudson$4,452-19%31-8$144$6,353,62015Focus
8Gangster Squad$4,387-1%50-40$88$45,938,26010Warner Bros.
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$4,10523%45-11$91$325,3263Methinx Entertainment
10From Up on Poppy Hill$3,96016%2--$1,980$72,2331GKIDS
11Camp (2013)$2,4333%1511$162$73,7164Freestyle Releasing
12Kai Po Che$1,733-32%42-29$41$1,088,6084UTV Motion Pictures