'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 Mon, Jun. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$11,019,202-53%4,004--$2,752$93,448,6711Disney
2World War Z$7,675,366-59%3,607--$2,128$74,087,2001Paramount
3Man of Steel$4,537,163-64%4,2070$1,078$214,615,3162Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$1,987,753-54%3,0550$651$60,069,9192Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,106,016-54%2,823-259$392$95,562,9944Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$567,995-60%2,417-958$235$229,186,1505Universal
7The Purge$506,230-51%2,201-390$230$60,110,3053Universal
8The Internship$462,412-53%1,916-1483$241$38,802,2783Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$392,326-60%1,565-766$251$217,169,9516Paramount
11After Earth$127,112-56%1,166-1266$109$57,509,3524Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$304,164-48%650645$468$2,647,3082A24
2Iron Man 3$208,423-60%924-725$226$403,366,2278Disney
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$91,843-61%206183$446$1,317,2823Roadside Attractions
4The Great Gatsby (2013)$89,243-55%362-813$247$141,689,7567Warner Bros.
5The Hangover Part III$81,453-55%530-1371$154$110,095,2255Warner Bros.
6The Croods$80,902-48%324-44$250$183,647,42714Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$42,586-63%19580$218$1,250,6284Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$39,189-48%325-119$121$94,244,62811Warner Bros.
9Mud$38,410-61%213-192$180$20,244,7789Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$20,005-50%201-57$100$89,041,74010Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$17,585-56%177-24$99$98,610,24214FilmDistrict
12The Big Wedding$13,297-40%141-24$94$21,627,1689Lionsgate
13Scary Movie 5$12,972-49%134-7$97$31,686,63911Weinstein / Dimension
14G.I. Joe: Retaliation$12,727-56%139-31$92$122,275,78313Paramount
15Escape From Planet Earth$8,367-42%138-13$61$56,792,61319Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$17,392-60%652$268$778,5124CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$7,329-53%53-17$138$1,309,5429Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,85597%300$229$22,855,166116Warner Bros. / IMAX
4To the Arctic 3D$5,4778%520$105$12,863,92662Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Stories We Tell$5,423-61%33-30$164$1,336,8767Roadside Attractions
6The Place Beyond the Pines$4,131-55%53-23$78$21,387,42913Focus
7The Sapphires$3,958-38%29-10$136$2,364,19514Weinstein Company
8Girl Rising$3,33030%16--$208$1,424,25716Gathr Films
9Pain and Gain$3,248-57%50-20$65$49,336,9929Paramount
10Quartet$3,178-32%294$110$18,384,96524Weinstein Company
11Unfinished Song$3,156-61%2--$1,578$28,8841Weinstein Company
12Lost and Found in Armenia$1,946-17%1-1$1,946$104,8803High Top Releasing
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$867-71%8-6$108$491,1778eOne Films US
14Made in Cleveland$720-18%5--$144$7,7311Striped Entertainment
15Tiger Eyes$484297%2-4$242$25,6473Freestyle Releasing
16Wish You Were Here (2013)$205-63%3-3$68$45,4623eOne Films US
17Not Today$178-83%3-4$59$297,07711Freestyle Releasing
18Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$133-92%17--$8$6,3271High Top Releasing