'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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 1 - Sun, Nov. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Ender's Game$28,000,000--3,407--$8,218$28,000,0001Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$18,500,000-42%3,3459$5,531$60,058,3362Paramount
3Free Birds$15,500,000--3,736--$4,149$15,500,0001Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$15,300,000--3,065--$4,992$15,300,0001CBS Films
5Gravity$12,200,000-39%3,024-683$4,034$218,266,0135Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$8,000,000-31%3,021-122$2,648$82,050,5074Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$3,600,000-43%2,430-681$1,481$105,595,1776Sony / Columbia
8The Counselor$3,200,000-59%3,0440$1,051$13,587,5092Fox
9Carrie (2013)$3,150,000-47%2,252-905$1,399$31,722,8883Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$2,150,000-53%1,966-917$1,094$21,469,7463Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

112 Years a Slave$4,400,000106%410287$10,732$8,560,3243Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.