'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, Jun. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$13,522,498-23%4,0040$3,377$170,433,1932Disney
2The Heat$10,952,911-24%3,181--$3,443$39,115,0431Fox
3World War Z$9,136,868-22%3,6070$2,533$123,696,9192Paramount
4White House Down$6,596,562-29%3,222--$2,047$24,852,2581Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$6,365,117-24%4,131-76$1,541$248,577,5963Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$2,797,912-15%2,710-345$1,032$74,681,8363Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$1,705,605-24%2,564-259$665$104,792,8585Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$736,250-26%1,550-867$475$233,351,7656Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$696,546-21%1,035-530$673$220,591,0707Paramount
10The Internship$425,249-27%1,008-908$422$41,711,7964Fox
11The Purge$336,600-31%1,122-1079$300$62,791,3154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$347,192-42%540-384$643$405,393,2059Disney
2The Bling Ring$267,685-14%630-20$425$4,350,3503A24
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$179,690-27%22216$809$2,193,5664Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$138,286-26%307-17$450$184,419,44115Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$123,665-19%255-107$485$142,376,0678Warner Bros.
7The Hangover Part III$102,533-28%277-253$370$110,707,3356Warner Bros.
8After Earth$100,730-23%331-835$304$58,247,3675Sony / Columbia
9The East$77,009-31%185-10$416$1,640,5685Fox Searchlight
10Mud$63,587-29%168-45$378$20,570,15410Roadside Attractions
11The Big Wedding$59,27920%101-40$587$21,805,33410Lionsgate
1242 (2013)$53,046-31%252-73$211$94,565,75812Warner Bros.
13Scary Movie 5$37,01115%122-12$303$31,814,07112Weinstein / Dimension
14Olympus Has Fallen$31,729-25%165-12$192$98,770,22015FilmDistrict
15G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,071-24%118-21$212$122,400,46614Paramount
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,533-17%101-37$94$56,852,48420Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$38,567-28%89--$433$143,6161UTV Motion Pictures
2Unfinished Song$30,391-25%1917$1,600$131,8232Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$26,768-25%48-17$558$925,1785CBS Films
4Copperhead$17,692-7%59--$300$55,6251Brainstorm Media
5Kon-Tiki$10,233-6%34-19$301$1,362,63410Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$10,064-29%520$194$12,928,01863Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$9,213-23%23-10$401$1,385,3448Roadside Attractions
8Redemption (2013)$7,162-5%19--$377$19,9771Roadside Attractions
9The Sapphires$5,2381%18-11$291$2,393,08215Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$4,927-36%300$164$22,896,869117Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Not Today$4,5371%52$907$309,55012Freestyle Releasing
12Pain and Gain$3,674-11%26-24$141$49,359,97310Paramount
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,2260%21$1,113$117,1914High Top Releasing
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,86518%6-2$311$497,8829eOne Films US
15Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,8134%1--$1,813$32,35811Rialto Pictures
16Made in Cleveland$420-2%3-2$140$9,8742Striped Entertainment
17Detention of the Dead$1032%2--$52$1,3321Anchor Bay Films
18The Stroller Strategy$57-64%1--$57$3,2553Rialto Premieres
19Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$32-58%1-16$32$6,7812High Top Releasing