'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 Fri, Dec. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$7,775,778165%4,1630$1,868$317,440,7343Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$6,723,820260%3,7420$1,797$109,361,2563Disney
3Out of the Furnace$1,887,69114867%2,101--$898$1,914,7671Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$1,295,977155%3,074-212$422$190,195,6195Disney
5Delivery Man$1,131,085186%2,905-131$389$22,155,8673Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$1,015,036113%2,5700$395$12,915,4262Open Road
7The Best Man Holiday$780,615153%1,577-140$495$65,346,2304Universal
8The Book Thief$761,557120%1,31682$579$10,136,6125Fox
9Last Vegas$367,106116%1,539-315$239$59,688,7146CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$315,78575%1,082-83$292$34,187,9058Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$275,296134%1,5259$181$5,653,2992Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$242,538142%1,157-346$210$99,443,0737Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$69,4131601%1,007936$69$115,726,56917Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$60,81869%1,202-1085$51$53,507,7446Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$625,458101%8350$749$6,598,0933Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$424,387127%73438$578$11,372,7116Focus
3Gravity$330,950140%900-116$368$250,606,20410Warner Bros.
4Captain Phillips$149,584124%640-167$234$103,139,9619Sony / Columbia
5Nebraska$137,096145%11311$1,213$1,854,5744Paramount Vantage
6Ender's Game$133,938107%608-235$220$59,769,6796Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$90,1339%5830$155$1,745,3492FilmDistrict
8About Time$61,180118%266-65$230$14,841,7786Universal
9Despicable Me 2$39,060191%252-19$155$367,025,65523Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$34,045113%312-395$109$115,140,21011Sony / Columbia
11All Is Lost$27,19459%147-7$185$5,406,8348Roadside Attractions
12Don Jon$15,377384%12599$123$24,324,40611Relativity Media
13Insidious: Chapter 2$12,914154%122-18$106$83,493,20713FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$11,880132%140-23$85$68,273,24318Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$123,340--4--$30,835$123,3401CBS Films
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$19,562141%40$4,891$125,2782Weinstein Company
3Enough Said$16,72090%94-27$178$17,244,70612Fox Searchlight
4Escape Plan$10,956143%81-60$135$24,583,9318Lionsgate / Summit
5Instructions Not Included$8,439193%46-22$183$44,429,66315Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Family (2013)$7,87071%96-34$82$36,838,47913Relativity Media
7The Counselor$7,03884%71-7$99$16,877,9147Fox
8Twice Born$4,151--10--$415$4,1511eOne Films US
9Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$876-63%6-50$146$339,3473Reliance Entertainment