'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 Tue, Dec. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$7,076,451-10%3,335-205$2,122$263,092,6486Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,527,246-15%3,9280$1,407$201,542,0783Warner Bros. / New Line
3American Hustle$4,359,3499%2,5070$1,739$67,518,5243Sony / Columbia
4Saving Mr. Banks$3,930,59436%2,1100$1,863$44,087,4693Disney
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,322,79719%2,909--$1,142$31,484,3311Fox
6The Wolf of Wall Street$3,302,034-17%2,537--$1,302$41,448,9351Paramount
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$3,017,115-31%3,5070$860$90,579,7682Paramount
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,051,927-18%2,315-634$886$395,526,7056Lionsgate
9Walking With Dinosaurs$1,660,902-5%3,24312$512$24,345,7672Fox
10Grudge Match$1,627,14810%2,838--$573$16,240,2261Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$1,438,615-20%2,689--$535$23,852,7751Universal
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$991,942-9%1,788-406$555$45,282,8533Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$195,181-53%1,037--$188$4,881,4361Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$483,17126%727-11$665$17,312,0346Weinstein Company
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$324,835-10%975971$333$5,236,1205Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$294,1173%16113$1,827$5,198,9284CBS Films
4Nebraska$200,35637%250-60$801$6,058,0987Paramount Vantage
5Dhoom 3$198,58217%220-19$903$7,185,4072Yash Raj Films
6The Book Thief$173,59011%481-199$361$18,214,7328Fox
7Gravity$138,1467%175-127$789$254,861,22913Warner Bros.
8Thor: The Dark World$136,610-10%319-797$428$202,651,7328Disney
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$119,702-12%303-10$395$116,857,45414Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$67,723-20%154-147$440$37,951,37111Fox Searchlight
11Last Vegas$55,26628%221-112$250$62,791,5959CBS Films
12Dallas Buyers Club$53,084-17%124-206$428$15,847,2139Focus
13Free Birds$50,258-12%24359$207$54,542,5369Relativity Media
14Ender's Game$48,020-26%24962$193$61,283,4649Lionsgate / Summit
15Captain Phillips$36,0578%111-61$325$104,638,05712Sony / Columbia
16Delivery Man$29,9929%136-527$221$29,704,8846Disney / DreamWorks
17Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$27,828-41%257-21$108$101,337,75910Paramount
18Despicable Me 2$26,400-14%165-32$160$367,793,27026Universal
19The Best Man Holiday$25,800-32%120-231$215$70,313,5507Universal
20Out of the Furnace$8,959-5%102-626$88$11,140,1524Relativity Media
21Escape Plan$8,778-27%107-31$82$24,977,64511Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$144,592-15%4741$3,076$1,856,5292Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$37,4470%5--$7,489$254,0911Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$13,490-36%2--$6,745$188,3281Universal
4Homefront$12,348-2%75-600$165$20,122,8765Open Road
5All Is Lost$11,941-5%67-16$178$5,972,09311Roadside Attractions
6Enough Said$5,64334%27-15$209$17,464,58715Fox Searchlight
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,112-12%53-32$96$68,481,74421Fox
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,0164%34-9$148$116,180,12820Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$1,481-26%24-39$62$7,004,3305Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$993-24%290$34$36,912,95416Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$452-49%210$22$2,190,5245FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$148-84%31-1$5$24,469,38314Relativity Media