'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, Mar. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$1,344,184-15%3,49020$385$85,088,1192Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,133,715-8%3,95117$287$69,302,3842Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Need For Speed$949,816-11%3,115--$305$22,623,8831Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$732,090-10%3,18370$230$72,274,7303Universal
5The LEGO Movie$483,320-12%3,040-250$159$239,236,6746Warner Bros.
6Son of God$430,279-7%2,990-281$144$52,949,6483Fox
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$363,983-5%1,896--$192$9,810,0241Lionsgate
8The Monuments Men$179,706-13%1,594-407$113$74,733,7266Sony / Columbia
93 Days to Kill$133,239-18%1,566-782$85$29,145,6424Relativity Media
10Frozen (2013)$114,188-18%1,466-194$78$397,009,26117Disney
11Ride Along$76,800-21%1,024-299$75$132,493,0009Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$100,624-18%925-140$109$55,590,58522Fox Searchlight
2Veronica Mars$83,152-5%291--$286$2,364,7441Warner Bros.
3RoboCop (2014)$66,456-17%965-749$69$56,854,1885Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$57,969-10%671-987$86$22,688,2334Sony / TriStar
5Philomena$51,425-6%502-168$102$36,881,70517Weinstein Company
6The Wind Rises$50,921-1%305-191$167$4,484,7594Disney
7About Last Night$49,982-20%624-450$80$48,066,1705Sony / Screen Gems
8American Hustle$45,485-20%503-102$90$149,574,40614Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$44,498-1%320-64$139$272,864,28324Warner Bros.
10The Nut Job$39,234-9%405-85$97$62,264,3939Open Road
11The Wolf of Wall Street$30,972-21%286-73$108$116,496,70612Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$30,553-14%281-31$109$26,917,34420Focus
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$24,5284%277-56$89$257,903,70914Warner Bros. / New Line
14Lone Survivor$22,120-7%316-156$70$124,668,93112Universal
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$17,983-9%268135$67$424,417,58017Lionsgate
16August: Osage County$15,111-12%2037$74$37,538,88312Weinstein Company
17Her (2013)$14,992-16%121-34$124$25,307,37013Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$14,111-3%15245$93$50,341,1139Paramount
19That Awkward Moment$11,808-22%122-66$97$25,903,0017Focus
20Endless Love (2014)$9,730-13%278-258$35$23,438,2505Universal
21Nebraska$9,4085%120-60$78$17,654,91218Paramount Vantage
22Repentance$7,765-13%126-31$62$1,154,3983Lionsgate / Codeblack Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$346,810-6%6662$5,255$6,210,5192Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$14,29042%6--$2,382$155,7731Focus
3Gloria (2014)$9,79712%75-1$131$1,942,4158Roadside Attractions
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,8734%88-45$55$58,135,20712Fox
5Stalingrad (2014)$4,355-16%70-73$62$980,5833Sony / Columbia
6I, Frankenstein$4,2969%76-16$57$19,075,2908Lionsgate
7Walking With Dinosaurs$3,957-7%98-66$40$35,998,52713Fox
8The Book Thief$3,64113%47-2$77$21,415,41719Fox
9The Art of the Steal (2014)$3,363-35%60--$56$57,5161RADiUS-TWC
10Labor Day (2013)$2,67955%42-42$64$13,371,5287Paramount
11Ernest & Celestine$2,236-18%93$248$82,8913GKIDS
12Winter's Tale$1,995-37%50-32$40$12,518,2795Warner Bros.
13Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,816-26%50-254$36$127,352,70713Paramount
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,2047%23-19$52$8,311,79116Weinstein Company
15Free Birds$6327%32-42$20$55,750,48020Relativity Media
16Vampire Academy$35920%12-20$30$7,760,3956Weinstein Company
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78--1--$78$22,4086Rialto Pictures