'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 Tue, Aug. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$7,570,11713%3,845--$1,969$79,815,3601Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$6,609,53424%4,0888$1,617$188,469,2002Disney
3Into the Storm$2,059,38521%3,434--$600$21,106,9891Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,717,44735%2,023--$849$13,966,3221Disney / DreamWorks
6Step Up All In$907,65134%2,072--$438$8,057,3691Lionsgate / Summit
7Hercules (2014)$830,76525%2,896-699$287$65,000,9433Paramount
8Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$732,00333%2,306-977$317$199,051,0455Fox
9Get On Up$628,39016%2,4691$255$24,280,1152Universal
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$583,20748%2,280-961$256$53,959,0504Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$335,6252%1,602-1054$210$69,197,9654Universal
12And So It Goes$226,96745%1,111-705$204$13,627,2383Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$308,52118%506196$610$11,107,6895IFC Films
2A Most Wanted Man$287,54820%80175$359$10,938,2863Roadside Attractions
3Sex Tape$192,55018%944-1556$204$37,263,3424Sony / Columbia
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$179,04042%526-335$340$170,426,1629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$118,069432%251-441$470$2,553,0021Screenvision
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$80,81215%580-1152$139$243,030,9787Paramount
822 Jump Street$78,83129%313-515$252$189,617,9349Sony / Columbia
9Tammy$61,486-4%550-865$112$82,863,0266Warner Bros. / New Line
10Edge of Tomorrow$55,68513%265-137$210$99,385,70110Warner Bros.
11Chef$51,12024%242-108$211$29,036,54214Open Road
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$47,30916%22737$208$232,165,89412Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$43,58512%223-59$195$123,929,07010Fox
14Earth to Echo$40,75645%217-319$188$37,527,4846Relativity Media
15Begin Again$34,92429%245-482$143$14,340,4577Weinstein Company
16Rio 2$24,09540%166-46$145$131,302,81918Fox
17Jersey Boys$23,32854%150-136$156$46,529,6098Warner Bros.
18Godzilla (2014)$19,1934%178-99$108$200,472,95613Warner Bros.
19Blended$17,12524%144-43$119$46,115,29112Warner Bros.
20Wish I Was Here$14,3112%202-551$71$3,488,0384Focus
21America (2014)$13,69928%121-357$113$14,345,2187Lionsgate
22The Fluffy Movie$13,58626%156-276$87$2,729,4023Open Road
23Neighbors (2014)$13,265-4%139-38$95$149,966,79514Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,5446%410$1,160$5,873,23619Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Calvary$35,89917%4440$816$426,1482Fox Searchlight
3Kick$21,795139%74-88$295$2,424,4973UTV Motion Pictures
4What If$19,89015%20--$995$171,1341CBS Films
6The Grand Seduction$8,43666%33-17$256$3,287,48411eOne Films US
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,38299%36-23$205$111,440,81823Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8I Origins$6,57218%88-34$75$320,7154Fox Searchlight
9The LEGO Movie$1,76419%17-21$104$257,734,35927Warner Bros.
10Words and Pictures$1,58255%12-6$132$2,157,96612Roadside Attractions
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,285--10$1,285$150,19117Rialto Pictures
12Yves Saint Laurent$1,125-4%6-2$188$277,6147Weinstein Company
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$101-36%3-1$34$212,00910RADiUS-TWC
14As It Is in Heaven (2014)$76-23%21$38$10,5715Embark Visuals
15Fed Up$35-5%2-5$18$1,535,09114RADiUS-TWC