'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 Fri, Jul. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$16,956,117--2,903--$5,841$16,956,1171Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$7,468,08549%3,820-183$1,955$258,568,1203Universal
3Turbo$6,627,94660%3,806--$1,741$16,330,7051Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$6,428,73568%3,4910$1,842$65,944,6112Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$6,349,306--3,016--$2,105$6,349,3061Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$4,723,43652%3,28510$1,438$57,003,7282Warner Bros.
8The Heat$2,845,64464%2,689-439$1,058$122,813,0804Fox
9World War Z$1,550,40960%2,066-937$750$183,291,4765Paramount
10Monsters University$1,512,66614%2,186-956$692$245,504,9205Disney
11The Lone Ranger$1,318,59016%2,273-1631$580$78,229,8333Disney
12White House Down$713,49219%1,454-1112$491$66,766,1214Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$504,42913%1,050-1100$480$283,685,5166Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$659,63978%748-144$882$28,572,4393Lionsgate / Summit
2The Way, Way Back$623,940365%304225$2,052$3,016,2103Fox Searchlight
3This Is The End$355,94521%622-772$572$93,606,0376Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$225,750--351--$643$225,7501Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$133,57127%333-517$401$114,108,1878Lionsgate / Summit
7Star Trek Into Darkness$110,50842%250-153$442$224,844,21110Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$101,439277%302177$336$143,431,39311Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$99,05066%279-113$355$236,898,0259Universal
10The Internship$68,942102%202-31$341$43,425,7427Fox
11The Croods$62,93224%212-31$297$185,892,45518Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12After Earth$55,97927%189-49$296$59,614,6468Sony / Columbia
13The Purge$39,78078%156-23$255$63,974,7157Universal
14The Hangover Part III$33,07712%202-63$164$111,803,3129Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$229,790372%3427$6,759$822,0032Weinstein Company
2Unfinished Song$43,90933%88-3$499$958,1485Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$39,135-11%95-43$412$3,726,3397Roadside Attractions
4Mud$25,70836%77-36$334$21,171,07013Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$21,006-11%38-59$553$5,579,5966A24
6The Kings of Summer$11,7766%35-21$336$1,262,7948CBS Films
742 (2013)$11,0324%85-20$130$94,979,05915Warner Bros.
8The East$9,824-22%31-40$317$2,183,6928Fox Searchlight
9Pain and Gain$7,869-32%70-80$112$49,714,32713Paramount
10Copperhead$7,6511039%3631$213$129,0834Brainstorm Media
11Stories We Tell$6,678104%22-6$304$1,501,88511Roadside Attractions
12Kon-Tiki$2,98624%9-12$332$1,460,06613Weinstein Company
13Scary Movie 5$625-95%8-25$78$32,012,34915Weinstein / Dimension
14The Sapphires$382-77%10-5$38$2,446,53918Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$238-98%7-48$34$57,011,08023Weinstein Company
16Not Today$123-8%10$123$317,82015Freestyle Releasing
17Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$101-95%41$25$513,45512eOne Films US