'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. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,062,215-31%2,75996$385$79,503,9702Universal
2Lone Survivor$885,360-16%3,162173$280$96,776,5315Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$727,035-22%3,3870$215$32,785,0592Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$594,727-34%2,757-222$216$350,053,02210Disney
5American Hustle$579,048-10%2,304100$251$128,719,9487Sony / Columbia
6August: Osage County$545,866-7%2,411360$226$28,068,6645Weinstein Company
7The Nut Job$520,193-42%3,47245$150$42,096,2062Open Road
8I, Frankenstein$496,552-32%2,753--$180$10,462,6391Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$474,752-18%1,804-126$263$100,021,1115Paramount
1012 Years a Slave$211,225-10%1,231470$172$44,185,12315Fox Searchlight
11Her (2013)$209,365-13%1,325-404$158$19,823,3766Warner Bros.
12Dallas Buyers Club$206,779-11%1,110691$186$20,968,75413Focus
13Saving Mr. Banks$204,194-8%1,660-789$123$79,749,4537Disney
14Devil's Due$181,291-27%2,5440$71$13,564,4412Fox
15Gravity$175,525-17%1,260316$139$261,774,25417Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$159,753-25%1,285-530$124$252,861,3187Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$102,798-19%1,051-277$98$420,357,90410Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$88,050-16%1,371-733$64$17,332,2103Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$209,9201%968560$217$12,294,43911Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$164,0176%5050$325$26,245,92410Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$65,487-21%824-907$79$124,019,6366Paramount
4Inside Llewyn Davis$46,1753%289-296$160$12,128,3358CBS Films
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$43,628-19%385--$113$835,5231Roadside Attractions
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$42,772-26%540-497$79$56,489,8495Fox
7Captain Phillips$31,552-11%302-601$104$106,339,11816Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$24,609-25%527-1042$47$32,181,6184Paramount
9The Book Thief$24,587-6%1977$125$20,586,31812Fox
1047 Ronin$22,705-34%239-104$95$38,137,1055Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,938-25%242-14$62$118,921,80618Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$12,089-29%330-124$37$34,734,6616Fox
13Grudge Match$9,661-11%244-164$40$29,266,5335Warner Bros.
14Free Birds$5,926-15%171-28$35$55,453,65213Relativity Media
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,254-13%102-20$52$8,095,5659Weinstein Company
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,459-17%101-18$34$116,608,36524Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,151-18%132-259$16$52,334,7677Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$5,3165%3--$1,772$72,3101Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$2,401-13%74-23$32$11,316,3778Relativity Media
3Knights of Badassdom$2,203-18%130$169$52,6931eOne Films US
4All Is Lost$1,9719%30-32$66$6,230,05115Roadside Attractions