'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, Dec. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,017,817-25%4,1630$725$306,725,9792Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,831,849-27%3,7420$490$100,770,2602Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$498,942-24%3,2860$152$188,390,5744Disney
4Homefront$479,237-32%2,5700$186$11,424,0981Open Road
5Delivery Man$390,667-24%3,0360$129$20,629,8792Disney / DreamWorks
6The Book Thief$353,205-23%1,2340$286$9,028,8004Fox
7The Best Man Holiday$327,040-24%1,717-68$190$64,256,8453Universal
812 Years a Slave$176,761-12%1,1650$152$33,692,0367Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$171,701-20%1,854-109$93$59,151,9035CBS Films
10Gravity$136,225-18%1,0160$134$250,137,2009Warner Bros.
11Black Nativity$127,682-33%1,5160$84$5,260,4141Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$99,061-15%1,503-116$66$99,100,2786Paramount
13Free Birds$35,575-20%2,2870$16$53,410,8525Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$332,369-16%83582$398$5,661,4602Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$182,570-10%6966$262$10,761,0145Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$86,368-23%5830$148$1,572,8081FilmDistrict
4Captain Phillips$66,307-9%8070$82$102,923,7098Sony / Columbia
5Ender's Game$60,196-12%8430$71$59,571,1685Lionsgate / Summit
6Nebraska$58,411-15%1020$573$1,661,4363Paramount Vantage
7About Time$27,975-23%331-45$85$14,752,5885Universal
8All Is Lost$17,402-18%154-195$113$5,362,5737Roadside Attractions
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,855-17%7070$21$115,090,18310Sony / Columbia
10Despicable Me 2$12,310-10%2710$45$366,973,18022Universal
11Prisoners$9,617-17%2030$47$60,993,32711Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$8,448-1%1210$70$17,219,20111Fox Searchlight
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,62519%1630$41$68,256,25017Fox
14We're the Millers$6,344-7%1640$39$150,388,22917Warner Bros. / New Line
15Insidious: Chapter 2$5,399-2%1400$39$83,475,20712FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$5,295-14%1300$41$36,826,00512Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$3,758-34%1410$27$24,568,4717Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$14,464--4--$3,616$14,4640Relativity Media
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,938-10%4--$985$97,6031Weinstein Company
3Instructions Not Included$3,639-5%680$54$44,418,34014Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,417-13%710$48$115,653,07616Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$3,367-20%780$43$16,867,0576Fox
6Don Jon$3,2117%26-10$124$24,305,85510Relativity Media
7Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$3,035-38%56-56$54$336,0932Reliance Entertainment
8Linsanity$1,930-14%32$643$289,9699Ketchup Entertainment
9Reaching for the Moon$53870%4--$135$45,0674Wolfe Releasing
10Runner Runner$53315%230$23$19,314,0429Fox
11The World's End$482-8%60$80$26,004,48915Focus
12Contempt (2013 re-issue)$373203%1--$373$34,01813Rialto Pictures
13In a World...$151-76%5-4$30$2,963,71617Roadside Attractions
14Big Sur$31-43%21$16$34,9195Ketchup Entertainment
15Grace Unplugged$24-17%4-6$6$2,507,1599Roadside Attractions
16Romeo and Juliet (2013)$23-26%120$2$1,162,6088Relativity Media