'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 Mon, Nov. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$1,867,868-71%3,407--$548$28,885,2191Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,532,622-70%3,3459$458$63,101,2612Paramount
3Last Vegas$1,360,766-67%3,065--$444$17,695,3321CBS Films
4Gravity$893,479-71%3,024-683$295$219,784,8385Warner Bros.
5Free Birds$700,058-85%3,736--$187$16,505,2951Relativity Media
6Captain Phillips$620,679-70%3,021-122$205$83,078,9114Sony / Columbia
7The Counselor$310,256-63%3,0440$102$14,077,6152Fox
8Carrie (2013)$238,425-68%2,252-905$106$32,074,8373Sony / Screen Gems
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$205,277-83%2,430-681$84$106,351,4376Sony / Columbia
10Escape Plan$185,928-71%1,966-917$95$21,776,8743Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$448,732-67%410287$1,094$9,401,2703Fox Searchlight
2About Time$93,123-68%175--$532$1,169,3731Universal
3Enough Said$85,187-66%662-173$129$14,895,1517Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$53,509-65%13048$412$1,487,0393Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$47,947-58%555-231$86$149,269,35213Warner Bros. / New Line
6Prisoners$31,956-67%465-882$69$59,981,8417Warner Bros.
7Machete Kills$31,233-33%263-990$119$7,664,1124Open Road
8Rush (2013)$28,785-67%303-374$95$26,520,7047Universal
9Despicable Me 2$26,265-77%309-70$85$364,800,59018Universal
10Insidious: Chapter 2$25,047-67%553-676$45$82,845,6278FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$18,776-57%181-359$104$23,908,2576Relativity Media
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$17,532-65%312-132$56$115,089,26312Weinstein Company
13Baggage Claim$15,076-70%294-300$51$21,239,4666Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$13,335-77%251-52$53$67,503,28513Fox
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$13,088-73%243-215$54$2,070,3743High Top Releasing
16Runner Runner$10,491-61%237-732$44$19,167,1235Fox
17Instructions Not Included$6,344-83%136-165$47$44,138,98410Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,368-71%119-45$45$132,362,47715Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,216-84%109-206$39$5,717,7825Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$21,804-70%9--$2,423$282,6691Focus
2Diana$8,434-56%38--$222$76,1881eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$4,331-65%87-131$50$36,583,3168Relativity Media
4Grace Unplugged$2,597-77%81-127$32$2,453,8495Roadside Attractions
5Turbo$2,494-87%69-39$36$82,809,70916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Big Sur$2,444-56%13--$188$19,2791Ketchup Entertainment
7The Heat$2,330-65%42-38$55$159,513,77019Fox
8In a World...$2,133-53%22-10$97$2,908,30613Roadside Attractions
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,3493%22-69$61$1,109,2564Relativity Media
10The World's End$1,162-39%16-10$73$25,972,52111Focus
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$690-66%5-9$138$46,5926Rialto Pictures
12The Spectacular Now$299-67%18-6$17$6,837,20714A24
13Torn$172-4%2--$86$17,6173The Film Collective
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$38-98%10$38$17,9542Cinepix
15Linsanity$16-97%4-4$4$259,9485Ketchup Entertainment