'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 Tue, Apr. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,726,74036%3,9380$1,200$167,072,6872Disney
2Rio 2$4,260,70360%3,948--$1,079$46,255,8041Fox
3Draft Day$1,249,41443%2,781--$449$11,906,1681Lionsgate / Summit
4Oculus$1,147,32521%2,648--$433$14,098,7341Relativity Media
6Divergent$1,006,42850%3,110-521$324$126,433,1644Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$777,58138%1,860102$418$42,237,4194Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$600,70346%1,467204$409$40,502,0796Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$508,888103%2,261-791$225$46,512,2444Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$385,35290%2,001-930$193$105,851,3216Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$102,98542%762-962$135$89,629,9057Universal
2Bad Words$95,29340%763-311$125$7,289,5425Focus
3The LEGO Movie$91,96859%610-740$151$251,710,77710Warner Bros.
4Need For Speed$87,09054%613-1166$142$42,220,2145Disney / DreamWorks
5300: Rise of an Empire$71,99739%525-1030$137$105,144,6846Warner Bros.
6Sabotage (2014)$58,14015%751-1735$77$10,178,2543Open Road
7Son of God$56,14224%905424$62$59,071,0297Fox
8Frozen (2013)$48,24232%34423$140$399,529,93521Disney
9Cesar Chavez$39,09836%305-359$128$5,254,1253Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$27,74544%261-24$106$63,846,51813Open Road
11Gravity$19,85436%202-53$98$273,872,68828Warner Bros.
12Frankie & Alice$16,0802%1710$94$624,0332Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
13Ride Along$15,0200%177-59$85$134,171,51013Universal
14Philomena$9,48644%157-40$60$37,590,96721Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$9,35236%135-290$69$15,866,6185Lionsgate
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,65717%101-29$26$258,360,28218Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,63974%370$1,261$522,7912Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$13,31025%48--$277$129,8321Roadside Attractions
3The Unknown Known$10,00924%80--$125$170,2632RADiUS-TWC
4Dom Hemingway$9,57319%4238$228$137,5792Fox Searchlight
5Cuban Fury$7,74633%79--$98$70,6751eOne Films US
6The Railway Man$7,20428%4--$1,801$74,6911Weinstein Company
712 Years a Slave$5,74258%64-64$90$56,577,23126Fox Searchlight
83 Days to Kill$4,97454%83-48$60$30,463,5848Relativity Media
9Ernest & Celestine$3,40920%3915$87$218,4347GKIDS
10Her (2013)$3,05018%38-47$80$25,561,71017Warner Bros.
11Gloria (2014)$2,6361%247$110$2,069,94212Roadside Attractions
12August: Osage County$2,497152%27-15$92$37,721,57116Weinstein Company
13Dallas Buyers Club$2,49363%33-19$76$27,276,16724Focus
14Veronica Mars$1,42316%23-51$62$3,312,4815Warner Bros.
15Watermark$1,103122%31$368$21,8132eOne Films US
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$134191%1-1$134$29,57710Rialto Pictures