'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, Aug. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$6,670,138-63%3,845--$1,735$72,245,2431Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$5,343,905-58%4,0888$1,307$181,859,6662Disney
3Into the Storm$1,701,177-61%3,434--$495$19,047,6041Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,269,585-58%2,023--$628$12,248,8751Disney / DreamWorks
6Step Up All In$679,861-55%2,072--$328$7,149,7181Lionsgate / Summit
7Hercules (2014)$662,040-59%2,896-699$229$64,170,1783Paramount
8Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$550,886-58%2,306-977$239$198,319,0425Fox
9Get On Up$541,965-64%2,4691$220$23,651,7252Universal
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$392,989-46%2,280-961$172$53,375,8434Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$328,980-49%1,602-1054$205$68,862,3404Universal
12And So It Goes$157,056-53%1,111-705$141$13,400,2713Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$262,125--506196$518$10,799,1685IFC Films
2A Most Wanted Man$239,948-61%80175$300$10,650,7383Roadside Attractions
3Sex Tape$163,602-45%944-1556$173$37,070,7924Sony / Columbia
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$125,970-39%526-335$239$170,247,1229Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Transformers: Age of Extinction$70,135-57%580-1152$121$242,950,1667Paramount
7Tammy$64,372-48%550-865$117$82,801,5406Warner Bros. / New Line
822 Jump Street$61,279-39%313-515$196$189,539,1039Sony / Columbia
9Edge of Tomorrow$49,338-50%265-137$186$99,330,01610Warner Bros.
10Chef$41,223-54%242-108$170$28,985,42214Open Road
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$40,739-53%22737$179$232,118,58512Fox
12The Fault in Our Stars$38,938-33%223-59$175$123,885,48510Fox
13Earth to Echo$28,089-34%217-319$129$37,486,7286Relativity Media
14Begin Again$27,121-48%245-482$111$14,305,5337Weinstein Company
15Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$22,181-27%251--$88$2,434,9331Screenvision
16Godzilla (2014)$18,455-57%178-99$104$200,453,76313Warner Bros.
17Rio 2$17,176-44%166-46$103$131,278,72418Fox
18Jersey Boys$15,148-55%150-136$101$46,506,2818Warner Bros.
19Wish I Was Here$14,060-51%202-551$70$3,473,7274Focus
20Neighbors (2014)$13,840-47%139-38$100$149,953,53014Universal
21Blended$13,823-54%144-43$96$46,098,16612Warner Bros.
22The Fluffy Movie$10,775-66%156-276$69$2,715,8163Open Road
23America (2014)$10,662-51%121-357$88$14,331,5197Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,73314%410$1,091$5,825,69219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Calvary$30,618-61%4440$696$390,2492Fox Searchlight
3What If$17,346-52%20--$867$151,2441CBS Films
5Kick$9,110-68%74-88$123$2,402,7023UTV Motion Pictures
6I Origins$5,558-48%88-34$63$314,1434Fox Searchlight
7The Grand Seduction$5,095-33%33-17$154$3,279,04811eOne Films US
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$3,717-23%36-23$103$111,433,43623Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The LEGO Movie$1,4880%17-21$88$257,732,59527Warner Bros.
10Yves Saint Laurent$1,171-32%6-2$195$276,4897Weinstein Company
11Words and Pictures$1,020-46%12-6$85$2,156,38412Roadside Attractions
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$158-39%3-1$53$211,90810RADiUS-TWC
13As It Is in Heaven (2014)$9939%21$50$10,4955Embark Visuals
14Fed Up$37-71%2-5$19$1,535,05614RADiUS-TWC