'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, Jul. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$5,983,7088%3,924--$1,525$64,646,4191Fox
2The Conjuring$3,009,4864%3,022119$996$89,859,4902Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$2,728,66020%3,476-344$785$311,818,1604Universal
4Turbo$2,157,37222%3,8093$566$60,103,6482Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$1,817,60017%3,258-233$558$105,139,0373Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$1,307,83026%3,0160$434$37,356,5902Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$1,238,37922%2,602-683$476$86,446,0943Warner Bros.
9The Heat$1,000,32818%2,384-305$420$143,159,8935Fox
10Fruitvale Station$551,1617%1,0641030$518$7,339,2063Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$514,22216%1,470-716$350$256,425,1706Disney
12World War Z$438,52113%1,440-626$305$193,486,3266Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$250,84615%1,267-1006$198$85,790,2914Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$460,35914%886582$520$9,940,7794Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$259,06811%591--$438$2,072,6441CBS Films
3White House Down$143,43618%676-778$212$70,903,1775Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$122,01017%501-549$244$287,034,0777Warner Bros.
5This Is The End$86,72714%270-352$321$95,780,4527Sony / Columbia
6Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$85,8872%498-250$172$31,651,2714Lionsgate / Summit
8Now You See Me$52,91421%215-118$246$115,077,2799Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$46,7559%267-12$175$237,704,38010Universal
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$46,6889%271-31$172$144,244,81612Warner Bros.
11Star Trek Into Darkness$38,61716%180-70$215$225,674,57511Paramount
12The Croods$34,74827%194-18$179$186,445,88019Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Internship$32,0238%197-5$163$43,984,7698Fox
14Girl Most Likely$25,5059%227-124$112$1,265,3692Roadside Attractions
15The Purge$17,2350%1571$110$64,300,1258Universal
16The Hangover Part III$11,3321%147-55$77$112,040,01310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$14,14523%82-6$173$1,292,2466Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,09625%77-18$170$4,020,3498Roadside Attractions
3Mud$11,10821%73-4$152$21,392,80314Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$7,11019%34-4$209$5,739,5827A24
5Kon-Tiki$3,551-14%145$254$1,495,44814Weinstein Company
6Pain and Gain$2,47322%35-35$71$49,772,88014Paramount
7The East$2,039-6%20-11$102$2,250,2029Fox Searchlight
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,743-5%1--$1,743$11,4421Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$98414%14-8$70$1,540,80412Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$57934%2-34$290$162,5255Brainstorm Media