'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 Sun, Apr. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$7,085,264-38%3,003--$2,359$27,487,1441Warner Bros.
2The Croods$3,904,398-37%3,689-190$1,058$142,439,1444Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,004,636-39%3,535-199$850$102,520,1133Paramount
4Scary Movie 5$2,617,199-57%3,402--$769$14,157,3671Weinstein / Dimension
5Jurassic Park 3D$2,486,310-37%2,7787$895$31,970,9852Universal
6Evil Dead$2,269,080-44%3,0250$750$41,530,0842Sony / TriStar
7Olympus Has Fallen$1,927,514-41%2,935-124$657$81,856,8984FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,348,945-41%2,504-401$539$219,381,3706Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,080,941-47%1,805-242$599$45,425,0983Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$573,009-46%2,172-1030$264$23,428,4833Open Road
11The Call$489,522-45%1,630-372$300$48,574,2155Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$984,674-41%514484$1,916$5,239,8663Focus
2Trance$226,420-41%438434$517$1,071,2162Fox Searchlight
4Identity Thief$124,080-53%564-157$220$132,022,26510Universal
5Spring Breakers$98,661-36%426-646$232$13,529,1905A24
6Silver Linings Playbook$91,246-54%451-73$202$130,333,79822Weinstein Company
7Jack the Giant Slayer$87,652-42%331-171$265$62,958,2917Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$63,577-42%217-52$293$124,279,74121Fox
9Quartet$60,741-42%224-28$271$17,577,66514Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$55,821-44%279-8$200$65,898,06711Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$46,845-38%276-156$170$54,660,1139Weinstein Company
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$40,030-41%274-261$146$22,129,4005Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$39,368-44%210-15$187$67,006,7659Fox
14Safe Haven$39,122-53%277-83$141$70,604,6969Relativity Media
15Snitch (2013)$33,290-46%215-89$155$41,988,9718Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$29,367-37%154-26$191$55,587,13912Paramount
1721 And Over$21,229-33%107-73$198$25,431,6767Relativity Media
18Django Unchained$18,729-51%126-57$149$162,691,58216Weinstein Company
19Argo$13,958-45%1720$81$135,986,92327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$66,836-43%9333$719$784,3464Weinstein Company
2From Up on Poppy Hill$28,561-33%498$583$608,9775GKIDS
3Not Today$24,250-28%41--$591$96,3471Freestyle Releasing
4Emperor$14,926-31%96-24$155$3,219,1416Roadside Attractions
5The Impossible$14,370-47%77-3$187$18,996,75517Lionsgate / Summit
6Side Effects (2013)$13,288-46%53-27$251$31,479,38910Open Road
7To the Arctic 3D$12,436-37%520$239$12,123,51452Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Parental Guidance$11,691-56%90-20$130$77,118,97716Fox
9Dead Man Down$8,721-24%94-52$93$10,880,9266FilmDistrict
10Starbuck$8,639-45%321$270$3,658,8314eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$8,452-37%55-22$154$302,975,07518Warner Bros. / New Line
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,782-13%13-3$522$110,6542CodeBlack Films
13Dark Skies$6,435-61%25-3$257$17,217,8588Weinstein / Dimension
14Settai$4,666-37%15-18$311$76,6652UTV Motion Pictures
15Girl Rising$3,650--4842$76$668,9226Gathr Films
16Born to Be Wild 3D$2,988-52%300$100$22,457,828106Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Stoker$2,941-45%30-59$98$1,672,4957Fox Searchlight
18Himmatwala$144-61%3-58$48$270,5783UTV Motion Pictures
19Kai Po Che$92-70%1-1$92$1,120,7858UTV Motion Pictures