'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 Sun, Jul. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$19,465,117-24%3,967--$4,907$72,611,4271Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,725,244-29%3,913-320$1,208$208,833,7133Paramount
3Tammy$3,420,867-32%3,4650$987$56,998,7522Warner Bros. / New Line
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,852,876-23%2,885-412$642$152,276,7335Fox / DreamWorks Animation
522 Jump Street$1,821,813-31%2,811-513$648$171,762,6975Sony / Columbia
6Earth to Echo$1,539,518-29%3,2300$477$24,585,8162Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,355,576-26%3,0490$445$25,052,0992Sony / Screen Gems
9Jersey Boys$737,260-31%1,968-662$375$41,712,0404Warner Bros.
10America (2014)$719,095-24%1,1050$651$8,211,7913Lionsgate
11Think Like a Man Too$631,558-37%1,231-498$513$61,807,2454Sony / Screen Gems
12Edge of Tomorrow$483,431-38%1,103-435$438$94,498,3416Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$428,758-26%1,002-863$428$119,629,6996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$775,362-35%939764$826$5,171,5873Weinstein Company
2Chef$350,140-39%70115$499$24,075,14010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$278,526-36%655-389$425$229,162,4368Fox
5Rio 2$105,774-35%285-26$371$129,626,91114Fox
6The Amazing Spider-Man 2$98,560-31%275-14$358$201,597,62511Sony / Columbia
7Blended$96,298-32%33530$287$44,713,3148Warner Bros.
8Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$90,806-45%101--$899$380,0111Reliance Entertainment
9Neighbors (2014)$85,440-44%267-48$320$148,636,11010Universal
10Godzilla (2014)$70,764-28%303-49$234$198,355,1859Warner Bros.
11Heaven is for Real$45,851-24%173-13$265$90,836,06713Sony / TriStar
12Belle$40,025-31%107-16$374$10,249,49511Fox Searchlight
13A Million Ways to Die in the West$39,435-60%188-39$210$42,615,6857Universal
14The LEGO Movie$24,831-14%350110$71$257,335,78123Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,544-18%410$1,086$4,240,61515Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$34,611-35%921$376$2,706,8687eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$17,383-44%63-9$276$58,848,86619Fox Searchlight
4The Other Woman (2014)$16,977-36%96-46$177$83,742,26512Fox
5Words and Pictures$14,521-27%40-21$363$1,986,5488Roadside Attractions
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$11,730-25%78-33$150$111,233,40119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Yves Saint Laurent$10,001-28%144$714$162,2713Weinstein Company
8Moms' Night Out$6,534-26%54-42$121$10,429,70710Sony / TriStar
9God's Not Dead$3,460-31%25-35$138$60,722,24717Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Fed Up$2,305-20%202$115$1,501,12710RADiUS-TWC
11The Railway Man$1,264-13%11-3$115$4,435,08314Weinstein Company
12The Signal (2014)$1,046-7%15-20$70$597,4205Focus
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$242-61%10-13$24$8,456,32510Clarius Entertainment
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$199-70%6-6$33$202,4056RADiUS-TWC
15The Hornet's Nest$158-31%21$79$310,18010Freestyle Releasing