'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, May. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$8,029,310-59%3,658--$2,195$125,066,3051Universal
2The Hangover Part III$4,212,347-51%3,555--$1,185$66,264,1761Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$3,438,458-65%3,90739$880$159,452,3372Paramount
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,632,255-53%3,090-460$528$119,386,4643Warner Bros.
6Iron Man 3$1,559,997-71%3,424-813$456$374,335,9284Disney
7The Croods$91,905-78%1,008-1365$91$179,749,45110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$79,845-45%1,003-1426$80$48,781,6505Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$202,260-64%712-248$284$15,327,2125Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$116,281-74%915-1465$127$91,630,0477Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$69,095-66%401-134$172$232,485,22512Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$66,005-61%572-1505$115$87,569,9006Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$42,574-61%346-63$123$121,239,2749Paramount
6The Big Wedding$30,491-44%265-1178$115$21,169,8095Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$29,394-73%485-1556$61$8,925,6703Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$28,750-65%346-347$83$56,068,15015Weinstein Company
9The Place Beyond the Pines$21,480-48%128-189$168$21,018,6529Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$18,377-61%209-257$88$97,745,23310FilmDistrict
11Identity Thief$13,005-59%187-54$70$134,301,83016Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$11,141-70%185-65$60$65,017,27413Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,549-59%131-19$58$51,962,0739Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$4,604-52%171-337$27$31,384,1147Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$16,998-62%643$266$725,6665Weinstein Company
2Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$10,603-52%3713$287$327,3404eOne Films US
3Stories We Tell$10,375-66%263$399$763,7993Roadside Attractions
4Girl Rising$10,120--6326$161$1,297,78512Gathr Films
5To the Arctic 3D$9,74624%520$187$12,639,22858Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sapphires$7,817-62%61-41$128$2,136,94110Weinstein Company
7Filly Brown$5,504-64%29-10$190$2,838,8876Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Born to Be Wild 3D$4,742-7%300$158$22,700,598112Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Spring Breakers$4,728-37%7059$68$14,092,47111A24
10Snitch (2013)$3,620-66%93-60$39$42,922,71614Lionsgate / Summit
11Quartet$3,348-57%30-12$112$18,246,06520Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$3,272-57%59-172$55$26,620,2719Open Road
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$3,175-51%4--$794$37,3661Focus World
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,977-69%24-12$82$967,73111GKIDS
15Silver Linings Playbook$1,708-59%35-96$49$132,077,01928Weinstein Company
16Not Today$1,45221%5-1$290$197,5367Freestyle Releasing
17A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,401-27%1--$1,401$13,3091Rialto Pictures
18Life of Pi$1,240-60%26-25$48$124,889,79027Fox
20Safe Haven$850-52%36-54$24$71,347,78015Relativity Media
21Emperor$818-34%81$102$3,335,75712Roadside Attractions
22The Painting (2013)$620-80%65$103$18,8133GKIDS