'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. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$10,504,274-59%4,233--$2,482$110,542,6641Paramount
222 Jump Street$2,439,968-46%3,426120$712$142,719,2353Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,273,703-43%3,750-518$606$124,225,9323Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Think Like a Man Too$1,123,579-58%2,2250$505$49,208,3362Sony / Screen Gems
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,023,641-34%2,845-495$360$110,899,4364Fox
7Jersey Boys$981,170-57%2,9050$338$28,425,9202Warner Bros.
8Edge of Tomorrow$779,099-51%2,535-677$307$85,128,0214Warner Bros.
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$561,746-44%2,014-667$279$223,976,6456Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$222,653-56%801-160$278$19,636,0938Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$147,148-44%750-615$196$197,167,2867Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$127,570-37%510-523$250$147,368,7258Universal
4Blended$110,749-31%475-367$233$43,656,6086Warner Bros.
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$89,525-44%483-934$185$41,811,4555Universal
6Rio 2$85,114-34%32212$264$128,231,44712Fox
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$60,196-34%274-160$220$200,245,7079Sony / Columbia
8Heaven is for Real$41,594-45%21110$197$90,216,73511Sony / TriStar
9The Grand Seduction$40,864-44%119-5$343$2,205,1485eOne Films US
10Belle$38,573-50%175-69$220$9,694,0589Fox Searchlight
11Divergent$34,122-38%210-79$162$150,578,58615Lionsgate / Summit
12The LEGO Movie$29,545-32%33520$88$257,029,80521Warner Bros.
13The Other Woman (2014)$26,874-41%195-36$138$83,430,79910Fox
14Words and Pictures$17,136-57%105-70$163$1,748,7606Roadside Attractions
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$16,066-28%141-38$114$111,033,51117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Moms' Night Out$14,810-37%11767$127$10,291,3368Sony / TriStar
17The Signal (2014)$11,873-46%180-24$66$567,9723Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,874-5%410$1,070$3,590,08913Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$18,953-46%90-22$211$58,568,96717Fox Searchlight
4Begin Again$13,400-62%5--$2,680$147,4641Weinstein Company
5God's Not Dead$9,689-47%90-22$108$60,614,79315Freestyle / Pure Flix
6The Immigrant$9,343-57%61-49$153$1,994,0867Weinstein Company
7Brick Mansions$9,201-38%31-29$297$20,367,88810Relativity Media
8Fed Up$5,411-35%32-15$169$1,459,6668RADiUS-TWC
9Yves Saint Laurent$3,875-46%2--$1,938$39,7361Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,310-62%31-15$107$179,1134RADiUS-TWC
11The Railway Man$3,176-36%38-46$84$4,410,63412Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,983-86%3--$661$40,5911Lionsgate
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,632-48%21-31$78$8,435,4948Clarius Entertainment
14Radio Free Albemuth$850-48%10--$85$6,4031Freestyle Releasing
15The Hornet's Nest$83-68%2-1$42$307,0308Freestyle Releasing