'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games$61,100,000-60%4,1370$14,769$251,032,8382Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$34,200,000--3,545--$9,647$34,200,0001Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$19,000,000--3,603--$5,273$19,000,0001Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$15,000,000-27%3,14827$4,765$93,052,6243Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$8,013,120-39%3,264-413$2,455$189,560,9205Universal
6John Carter$2,005,000-60%2,397-815$836$66,209,3394Disney
7Act of Valor$1,006,000-51%1,239-980$812$67,749,4946Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$915,000-53%1,007-780$909$16,520,4814Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$1,274,00081%483359$2,638$3,170,9794CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$835,000-38%908-432$920$98,480,2078Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$825,000-57%903-1162$914$53,371,7765Warner Bros.
4October Baby$778,642-54%387-3$2,012$3,101,39323IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Safe House$776,385-45%729-601$1,065$123,878,1158Universal
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$675,00015%513259$1,316$2,689,0783Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$602,000-49%439-36$1,371$5,023,5993Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Friends With Kids$472,500-43%306-252$1,544$6,338,3754Roadside Attractions
9This Means War$425,000-57%575-613$739$53,084,2897Fox
10The Vow$335,000-60%514-744$652$123,478,2168Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$291,000-39%315-261$924$43,557,77319Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$253,000-70%321-300$788$34,384,8326Lionsgate
13A Separation$240,807-27%199-62$1,210$6,465,74914Sony Pictures Classics
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$220,000-10%222-26$991$132,363,49616Fox
15Silent House (2012)$185,843-71%325-877$572$12,381,7204Open Road
16The Iron Lady$184,000-28%284-43$648$29,416,79314Weinstein Company
17The Woman in Black$147,000-26%179-1$821$53,939,9769CBS Films
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$100,000-45%150-50$667$209,232,47216Paramount
20Big Miracle$86,700-30%170-54$510$20,104,6059Universal
22One For the Money$64,000-13%102-49$627$26,397,16110Lionsgate
23The Grey$58,872-50%2040$289$51,472,64510Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Raid: Redemption$284,25033%4632$6,179$596,1962Sony Pictures Classics
2Footnote$252,76762%6037$4,213$618,0914Sony Pictures Classics
3Bully (2012)$115,000--5--$23,000$115,0001Weinstein Company
4We Need to Talk About Kevin$76,026-21%67-13$1,135$1,471,30217Oscilloscope
5In Darkness$46,137-23%50-1$923$863,8268Sony Pictures Classics
6Being Flynn$42,597-44%40-33$1,065$480,3545Focus
7Intruders$40,456--33--$1,226$40,4561Millennium Entertainment
9Undefeated$31,56315%16-1$1,973$424,1117Weinstein Company
10W.E.$20,0627%213$955$491,7059Weinstein Company
11Coriolanus$18,400-19%16-3$1,150$599,80011Weinstein Company
12Rampart$16,869-45%30-37$562$859,9048Millennium Entertainment
13The Island President$15,600--2--$7,800$19,5041IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Turn Me On, Dammit!$11,515--2--$5,758$11,5151New Yorker Films
15My Week with Marilyn$7,197-46%12-32$600$14,597,35019Weinstein Company