'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

1One Direction: This Is Us$17,000,000--2,735--$6,216$17,000,0001Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,742,000-11%3,330220$4,427$74,007,1063Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,610,000-3%3,4450$3,660$109,561,9184Warner Bros. / New Line
5Elysium$6,300,000-9%2,539-374$2,481$78,403,7294Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,200,000-44%3,1180$1,668$22,654,1842Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$4,759,494-46%1,5532$3,065$16,568,7282Focus
8Getaway$4,505,000--2,130--$2,115$4,505,0001Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,425,000-16%2,393-337$1,849$54,965,0194Fox
10Blue Jasmine$4,020,7381%1,179-104$3,410$20,487,2066Sony Pictures Classics
11You're Next$4,000,000-43%2,4370$1,641$13,339,7082Lionsgate
12Despicable Me 2$2,700,0004%1,280-122$2,109$354,638,7909Universal
132 Guns$2,600,000-23%1,408-433$1,847$69,309,9055Universal
14The Smurfs 2$1,950,000-29%1,366-486$1,428$66,104,2365Sony / Columbia
15Kick-Ass 2$1,900,000-57%1,638-1307$1,160$26,429,0453Universal
16Monsters University$1,476,000277%1,8891646$781$263,478,31411Disney
17World War Z$1,241,000294%1,2471008$995$200,264,83111Paramount
18Jobs$1,221,000-57%1,302-1079$938$14,485,3203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$7,500,000--347--$21,614$7,500,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$2,543,484--870--$2,924$3,055,3301Focus
3The Grandmaster$2,446,0001744%749742$3,266$2,642,0442Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$1,700,000-32%988-461$1,721$127,808,8826Fox
5The Conjuring$1,350,000-34%903-452$1,495$133,822,9107Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,044,63069%385231$2,713$3,386,9095A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$820,000671%958814$856$228,260,81016Paramount
8Turbo$770,00020%438-32$1,758$79,817,4837Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pacific Rim$740,00084%401141$1,845$100,117,0518Warner Bros.
10The Way, Way Back$700,00072%654352$1,070$19,520,5739Fox Searchlight
11The Heat$630,00016%393-16$1,603$157,255,65710Fox
12Now You See Me$368,0009%239-7$1,540$116,965,84514Lionsgate / Summit
13The Lone Ranger$364,00094%254113$1,433$88,430,9039Disney
14Red 2$342,000-1%261-128$1,310$52,088,0967Lionsgate / Summit
16Fruitvale Station$188,000-32%294-98$639$15,521,1728Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1In a World...$328,70016%9217$3,573$1,192,1704Roadside Attractions
2Austenland$215,31293%5230$4,141$444,6793Sony Pictures Classics
3Short Term 12$94,34568%1612$5,897$170,8082Cinedigm
4Fast & Furious 6$88,80069%59-39$1,505$238,660,69015Universal
5Passion$33,757--14--$2,411$33,7571eOne Films US
6Afternoon Delight$28,088--2--$14,044$28,0881The Film Arcade
7Therese (2013)$20,0050%82$2,501$51,3592MPI Pictures
8Our Nixon$5,911--3--$1,970$5,9111Cinedigm