'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, Jan. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$14,403,75055030%2,8752873$5,010$14,785,3113Universal
2The Legend Of Hercules$3,161,415--2,104--$1,503$3,161,4151Lionsgate / Summit
3Frozen (2013)$3,116,299186%3,239-79$962$305,707,2878Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$2,717,32885%2,521-36$1,078$72,303,8793Paramount
5American Hustle$2,572,235113%2,629111$978$95,535,1635Sony / Columbia
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$2,100,937180%2,88316$729$24,272,3262Paramount
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,045,06785%3,075-655$665$236,249,5025Warner Bros. / New Line
8Saving Mr. Banks$1,944,201133%2,671561$728$64,315,4275Disney
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,869,112141%3,012-395$621$114,287,0564Paramount
10Her (2013)$1,848,0811619%1,7291682$1,069$5,247,3814Warner Bros.
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$1,311,790122%2,584-338$508$49,602,5523Fox
12The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,208,094143%1,762-381$686$410,600,7458Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$577,69073%2,005-851$288$27,081,1203Warner Bros.
1447 Ronin$468,85516%1,359-1331$345$35,268,7403Universal
15Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$298,193175%1,040-434$287$51,062,0905Lionsgate
16Walking With Dinosaurs$216,14835%1,339-1221$161$32,525,1754Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$2,194,62511701%905900$2,425$2,740,0103Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$557,891270%729573$765$7,991,0176CBS Films
3Philomena$396,79630%6070$654$20,952,8248Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$235,757134%521281$453$7,565,4119Paramount Vantage
5The Book Thief$117,57764%303-26$388$19,467,31110Fox
6Gravity$112,842120%155-10$728$255,918,54615Warner Bros.
7Thor: The Dark World$85,088127%257-34$331$203,704,67410Disney
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$76,968-24%363-647$212$7,562,1717Weinstein Company
912 Years a Slave$69,76260%114-37$612$38,703,53713Fox Searchlight
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$68,848179%264-14$261$117,807,60516Sony / Columbia
11Dallas Buyers Club$66,45268%125-3$532$16,508,53511Focus
12Last Vegas$52,53688%240-17$219$63,267,44511CBS Films
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$37,665118%192-28$196$101,732,48212Paramount
14Free Birds$30,138121%232-21$130$54,994,96411Relativity Media
15Captain Phillips$28,245--1149$248$104,920,29614Sony / Columbia
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$27,150121%1363$200$116,363,84722Weinstein Company
17Despicable Me 2$13,015146%137-14$95$367,996,20528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$22,44240%43-95$522$7,955,1534Yash Raj Films
2Escape Plan$10,145110%77-7$132$25,092,62913Lionsgate / Summit
3All Is Lost$9,55843%69-2$139$6,081,08313Roadside Attractions
4Justin Bieber's Believe$8,108-81%75-962$108$6,165,7223Open Road
5Out of the Furnace$4,48310%37-22$121$11,205,5906Relativity Media
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,918247%33-6$88$68,526,43323Fox
7Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$1,036--1--$1,036$1,0361Anchor Bay Films