'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, Feb. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$12,871,109--2,253--$5,713$12,871,1091Sony / Screen Gems
2The LEGO Movie$12,798,674424%3,7750$3,390$93,101,6042Warner Bros.
3Endless Love (2014)$7,428,245--2,896--$2,565$7,428,2451Universal
4RoboCop (2014)$6,828,685220%3,372--$2,025$11,774,2971Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$4,964,973221%3,0830$1,610$33,633,6402Sony / Columbia
6Winter's Tale$3,652,687--2,965--$1,232$3,652,6871Warner Bros.
7Ride Along$3,410,535587%2,517-283$1,355$110,784,3305Universal
8Frozen (2013)$1,707,212328%2,101-359$813$371,898,42613Disney
9That Awkward Moment$1,536,844326%1,922-887$800$19,599,7903Focus
10Lone Survivor$1,248,105247%2,013-856$620$115,574,2718Universal
11American Hustle$781,082229%1,072-568$729$139,801,34010Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$754,474195%1,278-861$590$46,201,3355Paramount
13Vampire Academy$706,928291%2,6760$264$5,458,9272Weinstein Company
14Labor Day (2013)$494,387101%1,664-920$297$11,688,9553Paramount
15Philomena$415,070308%1,225721$339$29,488,19713Weinstein Company
16The Nut Job$400,265135%1,918-1086$209$56,150,9215Open Road
17August: Osage County$238,73659%1,010-317$236$35,120,5438Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$556,153167%751-416$741$109,302,2858Paramount
2Gravity$294,553313%355-346$830$267,216,16320Warner Bros.
3Her (2013)$192,788216%255-202$756$22,901,7789Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$172,457396%326-203$529$422,748,27613Lionsgate
5I, Frankenstein$163,272170%468-959$349$18,028,1504Lionsgate
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$143,597192%285-252$504$255,768,97410Warner Bros. / New Line
7Nebraska$138,89869%324-201$429$15,399,02114Paramount Vantage
812 Years a Slave$131,22689%386-292$340$47,783,20218Fox Searchlight
9Dallas Buyers Club$92,79779%223-265$416$23,993,11816Focus
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$66,899329%201-41$333$57,326,9048Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$64,797173%261-85$248$124,959,2279Paramount
12Devil's Due$50,619235%123-262$412$15,542,3485Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$37,120330%248-3$150$35,280,1799Fox
14Grudge Match$29,382143%291-50$101$29,598,8278Warner Bros.
15Captain Phillips$26,040119%135-47$193$106,804,52819Sony / Columbia
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$25,374303%181-16$140$119,328,42721Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$81,242321%9833$829$724,4474Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$49,305442%77-11$640$451,6362Reliance Entertainment
3Inside Llewyn Davis$31,715107%86-43$369$12,850,51611CBS Films
4The Book Thief$25,37098%94-41$270$21,021,66615Fox
5The Legend Of Hercules$23,867155%90-158$265$18,469,1476Lionsgate / Summit
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$11,903128%62-41$192$32,418,8137Paramount
7Free Birds$7,885268%75-34$105$55,583,25516Relativity Media
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,12623%34-12$180$8,207,05412Weinstein Company
9Last Vegas$6,11796%41-19$149$63,896,62616CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,309-40%15-61$87$1,349,0434Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$1,105244%9-3$123$6,256,66718Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,08830%10$1,088$13,3552Rialto Pictures
13The Pretty One$681458%10$681$3,0352Dada Films
14At Middleton$479142%1-7$479$51,6973Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15Knights of Badassdom$259-95%2-7$130$97,4674eOne Films US