'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 Thu, Jan. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,158,7809%2,75996$420$80,662,7502Universal
2Lone Survivor$917,0254%3,162173$290$97,693,5565Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$782,9118%3,3870$231$33,567,9702Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$649,3079%2,757-222$236$350,702,32910Disney
5American Hustle$601,2314%2,304100$261$129,321,1797Sony / Columbia
6August: Osage County$559,4822%2,411360$232$28,628,1465Weinstein Company
7The Nut Job$536,7893%3,47245$155$42,632,9952Open Road
8I, Frankenstein$507,4312%2,753--$184$10,970,0701Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$505,6507%1,804-126$280$100,526,7615Paramount
10Her (2013)$224,1407%1,325-404$169$20,047,5166Warner Bros.
11Saving Mr. Banks$223,5249%1,660-789$135$79,972,9777Disney
1212 Years a Slave$223,2726%1,231470$181$44,408,39515Fox Searchlight
13Dallas Buyers Club$210,6462%1,110691$190$21,179,40013Focus
14Gravity$193,09210%1,260316$153$261,967,34617Warner Bros.
15Devil's Due$191,4276%2,5440$75$13,755,8682Fox
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$168,4965%1,285-530$131$253,029,8147Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$110,6408%1,051-277$105$420,468,54410Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$96,93010%1,371-733$71$17,429,1403Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$222,4596%968560$230$12,516,89811Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$169,3223%5050$335$26,415,24610Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$71,81710%824-907$87$124,091,4536Paramount
4Inside Llewyn Davis$53,90417%289-296$187$12,182,2398CBS Films
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$49,62314%385--$129$885,1461Roadside Attractions
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$49,03915%540-497$91$56,538,8885Fox
7Captain Phillips$30,630-3%302-601$101$106,369,74816Sony / Columbia
8The Book Thief$29,53620%1977$150$20,615,85412Fox
9Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$24,8151%527-1042$47$32,206,4334Paramount
1047 Ronin$22,6850%239-104$95$38,159,7905Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,529-3%242-14$60$118,936,33518Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$12,5814%330-124$38$34,747,2426Fox
13Last Vegas$11,181--159-35$70$63,791,05413CBS Films
14Grudge Match$10,2066%244-164$42$29,276,7395Warner Bros.
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,30258%102-20$81$8,103,8679Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$6,4649%171-28$38$55,460,11613Relativity Media
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,95714%101-18$39$116,612,32224Weinstein Company
18Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,47061%132-259$26$52,338,2377Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Knights of Badassdom$9,616336%130$740$62,3091eOne Films US
2Gloria (2014)$6,09915%3--$2,033$78,4091Roadside Attractions
3Out of the Furnace$2,5406%74-23$34$11,318,9178Relativity Media
4All Is Lost$2,1499%30-32$72$6,232,20015Roadside Attractions