'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, Jan. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,643,640-16%2,55720$643$68,117,4762Paramount
2American Hustle$1,295,946-13%2,51811$515$91,754,3274Sony / Columbia
3Frozen (2013)$1,179,790-38%3,318-17$356$301,501,5437Disney
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,171,342-25%3,730-198$314$233,100,2484Warner Bros. / New Line
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$862,663-25%3,407-100$253$111,642,7313Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$844,607-18%2,1100$400$61,535,4744Disney
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$842,019-26%2,867--$294$21,420,3861Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$646,989-27%2,92213$221$47,699,8412Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$523,378-22%2,143-172$244$408,896,1537Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$484,215-29%2,6901$180$34,395,8602Universal
11Grudge Match$388,328-26%2,85618$136$26,170,0422Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$195,843-35%2,560-683$77$32,148,8583Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$118,972-24%1,474-314$81$50,655,3254Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$104,075-16%1,01035$103$7,383,9156Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$40,668-23%1,0370$39$6,114,5062Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$282,39318%607-120$465$20,250,7207Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$145,8914%156-5$935$7,282,2245CBS Films
3Nebraska$91,24114%240-10$380$7,228,7988Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,5910%329-152$202$19,278,2209Fox
5Gravity$44,440-6%165-10$269$255,754,35014Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$44,0297%151-3$292$38,590,16912Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$39,8048%1284$311$16,402,48010Focus
8Thor: The Dark World$39,457-20%291-28$136$203,582,0369Disney
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,802-33%278-25$89$117,714,06015Sony / Columbia
10Last Vegas$24,194-12%25736$94$63,187,00610CBS Films
11Dhoom 3$21,786-34%138-82$158$7,916,6983Yash Raj Films
12Ender's Game$19,124-11%242-7$79$61,716,91210Lionsgate / Summit
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$17,404-4%220-37$79$101,677,54611Paramount
14Free Birds$15,067-22%25310$60$54,951,17710Relativity Media
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,439-10%13399$78$116,324,43321Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$9,611-14%1459$66$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$7,835-7%13010$60$70,516,7708Universal
18Despicable Me 2$6,040-20%151-14$40$367,977,90527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$113,68411%470$2,419$3,291,5173Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$16,64916%50$3,330$526,7882Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$12,06460%20$6,032$355,4342Universal
4All Is Lost$6,32417%714$89$6,064,85112Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,188157%23-4$269$17,510,71616Fox Searchlight
6Escape Plan$4,554-10%84-23$54$25,077,65712Lionsgate / Summit
7Out of the Furnace$3,62219%59-43$61$11,197,0185Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,138-31%39-14$29$68,522,67322Fox
9Don Jon$485-38%21-10$23$24,477,47615Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$33418%19-10$18$36,918,56617Relativity Media
11Black Nativity$307-21%15-9$20$7,013,2656Fox Searchlight