'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, Apr. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,349,322-1%3,025--$446$32,041,7821Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,207,9224%3,73415$323$91,625,6982Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,052,9801%2,771--$380$23,109,1651Universal
4The Croods$977,45010%3,879-186$252$129,324,0703Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$842,8414%3,059-47$276$74,606,8143FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$548,3812%2,0470$268$40,921,9962Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$486,3759%2,905-419$167$214,521,4125Disney
8The Host (2013)$348,2457%3,2020$109$21,045,4602Open Road
9The Call$280,5485%2,002-437$140$46,622,0934Sony / TriStar
11Spring Breakers$122,786-1%1,072-307$115$13,148,9874A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$61,0250%721-361$85$131,480,8409Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$51,8782%524-228$99$129,925,17221Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$40,5241%535-1040$76$21,975,2104Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$40,3522%502-578$80$62,635,2176Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$37,834-1%252-50$150$17,350,91513Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$27,843-4%269-71$104$124,042,09620Fox
7Warm Bodies$24,15010%287125$84$65,675,96610Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$23,97414%360-190$67$70,423,6318Relativity Media
921 And Over$18,0340%180-160$100$25,354,7676Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$17,7968%304-442$59$41,855,8787Lionsgate / Summit
11Django Unchained$16,0585%183-50$88$162,610,44415Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$15,5509%22516$69$66,855,6228Fox
13Escape From Planet Earth$15,40614%432-545$36$54,501,9388Weinstein Company
14Emperor$14,6245%120-18$122$3,166,9655Roadside Attractions
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$11,4470%180-22$64$55,485,54811Paramount
16Argo$8,77522%172-88$51$135,929,64726Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,7741%14671$40$10,852,9085FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$5,59712%110-30$51$77,066,22915Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$73,2390%3026$2,441$1,374,1792Focus
2Girl Rising$29,91093%489$623$665,2735Gathr Films
3The Sapphires$21,474-13%6048$358$535,4013Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$12,47720%520$240$12,068,18851Warner Bros. / IMAX
5From Up on Poppy Hill$12,35411%4116$301$514,9384GKIDS
6Trance$11,0852%4--$2,771$174,6081Fox Searchlight
7Side Effects (2013)$9,4026%80-22$118$31,426,3609Open Road
8Stoker$8,91414%89-105$100$1,660,4836Fox Searchlight
9The Impossible$7,598-10%80-6$95$18,936,91916Lionsgate / Summit
10Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,19847%16--$387$90,9731CodeBlack Films
11Born to Be Wild 3D$6,17920%300$206$22,441,859105Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Starbuck$5,266-7%3114$170$3,626,5203eOne Films US
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,04311%77-68$40$302,944,38917Warner Bros. / New Line
14Rise of The Guardians$3,0237%89-45$34$103,412,75820Paramount / DreamWorks
15Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,71814%55-60$31$19,452,1388Warner Bros.
16Settai$1,547-9%33--$47$61,4201UTV Motion Pictures
17Camp (2013)$1,507-3%82$188$134,9797Freestyle Releasing
18Dark Skies$1,166-3%28-73$42$17,182,9347Weinstein / Dimension
19Himmatwala$1,096-41%61-38$18$269,9092UTV Motion Pictures
20Bless Me, Ultima$906-6%6-5$151$1,563,5627Arenas Entertainment
21The Playroom$66557%12--$55$5,9641Freestyle Releasing
22Down the Shore$406-24%2--$203$6,5581Anchor Bay Films
23Kai Po Che$9632%2-3$48$1,120,2477UTV Motion Pictures