'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 Mon, Jun. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$5,095,488-45%3,173--$1,606$53,098,0111Fox
3Edge of Tomorrow$3,167,460-59%3,490--$908$31,927,7061Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,765,307-60%3,639-362$485$191,321,3873Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$917,935-58%3,1602$290$31,256,4002Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$752,166-59%3,110-391$242$185,966,3514Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$736,680-51%2,674-265$275$138,662,3305Universal
8Blended$505,085-56%2,928-627$173$37,086,4323Warner Bros.
9Chef$326,484-59%1,298674$252$10,710,0085Open Road
10The Amazing Spider-Man 2$271,058-55%1,481-671$183$196,621,2976Sony / Columbia
11Million Dollar Arm$264,741-52%1,643-686$161$31,815,7214Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$120,757-51%702-281$172$125,803,1499Fox
2Belle$103,692-56%476-49$218$7,696,1916Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$66,591-50%489-625$136$82,288,5217Fox
4Heaven is for Real$59,151-53%446-276$133$88,866,6748Sony / TriStar
5The LEGO Movie$47,404-44%274-28$173$255,925,79618Warner Bros.
6Divergent$40,943-42%298-75$137$149,104,20212Lionsgate / Summit
7Holiday (2014)$33,758-73%144--$234$428,5551Reliance Entertainment
8The Grand Seduction$32,455-60%10713$303$855,2562eOne Films US
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$31,649-54%185-64$171$57,809,17114Fox Searchlight
10God's Not Dead$28,572-51%20045$143$60,073,53212Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$27,597-50%224-30$123$110,367,82114Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Moms' Night Out$25,089-45%292-91$86$9,940,4945Sony / TriStar
13The Immigrant$24,022-58%145-5$166$1,445,8814Weinstein Company
15The Railway Man$9,346-47%177-319$53$4,242,2449Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$5,740-51%113-60$51$28,791,8839Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$3,762-48%105-23$36$22,985,8198Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$42,37531%390$1,087$2,692,84110Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$30,543-61%9885$312$567,2553Roadside Attractions
3Fed Up$13,869-56%88-16$158$1,229,6035RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$11,326-56%9954$114$20,131,3557Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$10,819-2%84-96$129$8,290,0545Clarius Entertainment
6A Haunted House 2$4,120-52%44-30$94$17,318,6048Open Road
7Oculus$3,822-49%47-36$81$27,651,6319Relativity Media
8Filmistaan$2,260-68%24--$94$33,3731UTV Motion Pictures
9The Hornet's Nest$1,544-58%16-26$97$289,7585Freestyle Releasing
10The Unknown Known$572-14%32$191$271,74710RADiUS-TWC
11Blue Ruin$254-70%3-3$85$254,0597RADiUS-TWC