'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 Wed, Oct. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,078,722-30%4,001--$270$37,975,5351Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$862,457-23%3,29030$262$41,385,7942Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$826,420-21%2,2972292$360$12,951,3342Universal
4Don Jon$770,119-21%2,422--$318$11,206,2511Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$464,070-25%2,027--$229$10,657,1591Fox Searchlight
6Insidious: Chapter 2$355,133-20%3,120-35$114$70,516,3223FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$334,044-19%2,894-197$115$32,800,8623Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$228,726-13%2,062-869$111$110,965,2337Weinstein Company
9We're the Millers$226,397-13%2,405-598$94$143,066,7308Warner Bros. / New Line
11Battle of the Year$102,295-31%2,0080$51$7,851,8952Sony / Screen Gems
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,043-26%1,007-466$38$65,514,4958Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$203,211-1%227223$895$3,045,1172Fox Searchlight
2Instructions Not Included$173,805-25%948-30$183$39,259,2745Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Metallica Through The Never$121,4865%305--$398$1,921,5641Picturehouse
4Besharam$71,661--217--$330$71,6610Reliance Entertainment
5Elysium$45,860-21%562-830$82$92,001,6668Sony / TriStar
6Despicable Me 2$41,350-15%748-256$55$361,909,56513Universal
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$40,7657%305-13$134$5,199,7072Warner Bros.
82 Guns$28,405-21%403-349$70$75,093,3359Universal
9The Wolverine$25,402-12%329-133$77$131,383,23510Fox
10Thanks for Sharing$22,22513%251-18$89$957,6272Roadside Attractions
11The World's End$19,030-18%281-552$68$25,756,1136Focus
12The Conjuring$18,618-1%338-223$55$137,026,51411Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Heat$16,176-15%251-59$64$158,998,02614Fox
14In a World...$12,431-9%121-23$103$2,633,8138Roadside Attractions
15Turbo$12,146-7%282-51$43$82,001,16911Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Salinger$10,84523%134-4$81$533,2624Weinstein Company
17The Spectacular Now$10,267-6%142-429$72$6,687,2579A24
18Pacific Rim$9,991-12%140-62$71$101,654,80512Warner Bros.
19World War Z$7,054-10%160-43$44$202,300,18815Paramount
20The Way, Way Back$6,843-3%158-166$43$21,345,27513Fox Searchlight
21The Grandmaster$6,816-20%143-330$48$6,528,7406Weinstein Company
22Red 2$6,052-19%110-68$55$52,887,83611Lionsgate / Summit
23You're Next$1,984-26%112-420$18$18,416,9346Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$5,34115%1411$382$68,5462Weinstein Company
2Fruitvale Station$4,2155%42-61$100$16,023,00812Weinstein Company
3Jobs$3,8582%84-68$46$16,128,0157Open Road
4Paranoia$3,247-4%66-22$49$7,385,0157Relativity Media
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,647141%8-10$331$4,323,59817Roadside Attractions
6Populaire$2,11231%244$88$135,3984Weinstein Company
7The Ultimate Life$1,806-61%47-137$38$1,319,4944High Top Releasing
8Unfinished Song$1,45216%19-4$76$1,701,65815Weinstein Company
9Getaway$1,409-29%74-441$19$10,499,9805Warner Bros.
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,1988%1--$1,198$8,4901Rialto Pictures
11We Are What We Are (2013)$1,03427%2--$517$16,5701eOne Films US
12Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$9339%21$467$7,9171Rialto Pictures
13C.O.G.$51724%9-11$57$50,9642Screen Media / Focus World
14Morning$229-36%4--$57$3,6341Anchor Bay Films
15Hotel Normandy$218-24%1--$218$3,2931Rialto Premieres
16Chennai Express$158-74%9-11$18$5,307,7438UTV Motion Pictures
17Stories We Tell$33--4-1$8$1,598,18221Roadside Attractions