'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. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,317,300-21%3,820160$607$177,237,1863Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,375,966-23%3,0200$456$56,944,5352Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$871,965-29%3,157--$276$19,277,9621Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$701,770-33%2,883--$243$12,448,6601Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$377,857-19%3,602-272$105$94,021,4264Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$194,006-24%2,160-695$90$57,884,7055Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$160,420-28%2,011-1015$80$18,121,8763Fox
8The Fifth Estate$142,932-24%1,769--$81$2,151,0941Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$131,002-23%2,5380$52$6,843,3872Open Road
10Don Jon$127,038-20%1,114-882$114$22,893,5034Relativity Media
11Rush (2013)$125,410-23%1,197-933$105$25,030,7495Universal
12Insidious: Chapter 2$84,429-12%1,665-491$51$81,163,1386FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$186,079-12%757151$246$11,292,2115Fox Searchlight
2We're the Millers$71,210-8%881-269$81$147,920,21811Warner Bros. / New Line
3Baggage Claim$63,008-20%865-455$73$20,217,4074Fox Searchlight
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$51,618-23%457--$113$1,153,3691High Top Releasing
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$47,132-14%602-378$78$114,422,60110Weinstein Company
6Pulling Strings$32,549-27%43810$74$5,278,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Instructions Not Included$29,772-24%475-236$63$43,645,6068Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Despicable Me 2$25,870-13%395-39$65$363,826,46516Universal
9The Family (2013)$24,738-20%483-567$51$36,372,6896Relativity Media
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$21,164-4%4610$46$1,003,0652Relativity Media
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$15,110-21%350-54$43$66,975,82811Fox
12The Wolverine$14,563-16%207-20$70$132,125,95613Fox
13Grace Unplugged$14,267-21%313-189$46$2,226,3363Roadside Attractions
152 Guns$9,390-13%135-31$70$75,602,94512Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$8,059-14%1470$55$466,3802Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17The Heat$6,404-15%103-36$62$159,422,99017Fox
18Turbo$6,045-9%149-38$41$82,648,27914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$3,261-10%113-32$29$137,355,22314Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$83,358-2%19--$4,387$1,182,0951Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$11,7744%6--$1,962$128,0851Roadside Attractions
3In a World...$4,628-3%47-7$98$2,850,81011Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$3,2831%21-9$156$199,9875Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$2,8533%5421$53$6,819,77112A24
6The World's End$2,62612%40-33$66$25,941,2789Focus
7Populaire$1,30216%14-7$93$178,2507Weinstein Company
8Linsanity$1,258-33%9-7$140$232,2553Ketchup Entertainment
9Thanks for Sharing$1,186-27%14-2$85$1,048,9375Roadside Attractions
10We Are What We Are (2013)$1,048-1%12-1$87$67,3234eOne Films US
11Torn$99315%1--$993$7,5361The Film Collective
12Fruitvale Station$942-7%20-21$47$16,089,41615Weinstein Company
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2992%53$60$23,0374Rialto Pictures
14The Grandmaster$138-38%9-7$15$6,594,6689Weinstein Company