'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, Jun. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,134,774-11%4,26815$734$108,714,5322Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Jump Street$2,929,465-16%3,3060$886$124,436,8922Sony / Columbia
4Think Like a Man Too$1,628,599-13%2,225--$732$37,768,3601Sony / Screen Gems
5Jersey Boys$1,403,180-13%2,905--$483$19,732,4861Warner Bros.
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,352,963-10%3,34067$405$104,745,0183Fox
7Edge of Tomorrow$954,221-22%3,212-293$297$78,944,6323Warner Bros.
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$682,317-18%2,681-361$255$220,093,4725Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$224,356-21%1,365-723$164$196,085,1006Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$177,125-16%1,417-996$125$41,158,9554Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$154,950-17%1,033-863$150$146,455,3857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$230,793-7%961-141$240$17,756,0497Open Road
2Blended$127,010-14%842-739$151$42,952,7895Warner Bros.
3Rio 2$80,681-7%310-73$260$127,703,13411Fox
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$76,653-16%434-248$177$199,863,0818Sony / Columbia
5Belle$55,08510%244-94$226$9,400,1928Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$46,832-2%289-47$162$150,348,67614Lionsgate / Summit
7The LEGO Movie$40,264-6%31514$128$256,853,72620Warner Bros.
8The Grand Seduction$39,192-9%12420$316$1,929,2064eOne Films US
9The Other Woman (2014)$37,948-4%231-13$164$83,242,1079Fox
10Words and Pictures$31,6201%175-42$181$1,595,3625Roadside Attractions
11Heaven is for Real$30,891-7%201-331$154$89,938,55010Sony / TriStar
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,5254%179-28$137$110,937,56016Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$18,810-2%112-37$168$58,430,34116Fox Searchlight
14The Signal (2014)$17,955-9%20484$88$486,2882Focus
15The Immigrant$15,7869%110-30$144$1,916,2336Weinstein Company
16God's Not Dead$15,5734%112-38$139$60,545,09414Freestyle / Pure Flix

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,7498%410$1,067$3,401,64812Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$8,450-7%529$163$8,424,0607Clarius Entertainment
3Fed Up$7,133-9%47-9$152$1,429,9757RADiUS-TWC
4Moms' Night Out$6,98213%50-31$140$10,192,7817Sony / TriStar
5The Railway Man$6,323-18%8434$75$4,390,90911Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$5,736-14%4628$125$151,7073RADiUS-TWC
7Brick Mansions$5,066-4%60-25$84$20,305,2569Relativity Media
8Yves Saint Laurent$4,853-29%2--$2,427$11,6540Weinstein Company
9Oculus$2,20255%17-14$130$27,695,24611Relativity Media
10The Hornet's Nest$164-52%30$55$306,2307Freestyle Releasing
11Blue Ruin$46-15%1-1$46$258,3849RADiUS-TWC
12The Unknown Known$3748%2-1$19$275,95612RADiUS-TWC