'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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,200,000-34%3,95117$5,366$63,179,9162Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,105,000-58%3,49020$5,474$78,310,5532Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,808,000--3,115--$5,717$17,808,0001Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,600,000-33%3,18370$3,330$68,789,8103Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,300,000--1,896--$4,378$8,300,0001Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,705,000-29%3,040-250$2,535$236,931,9286Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,400,000-48%2,990-281$1,806$50,874,7083Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,117,000-28%1,466-194$1,444$396,355,85017Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,000,000-35%1,594-407$1,255$73,818,6926Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,700,000-44%1,566-782$1,086$28,432,3684Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,400,000-31%1,024-299$1,367$132,121,4659Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Veronica Mars$2,021,000--291--$6,945$2,021,0001Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,180,000-44%925-140$1,276$55,047,99222Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$850,000-58%965-749$881$56,520,5315Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$675,000-59%624-450$1,082$47,820,9005Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$600,000-43%503-102$1,193$149,343,28114Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$585,000-63%671-987$872$22,413,0094Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$522,000-42%320-64$1,631$272,646,89224Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$472,00045%405-85$1,165$62,080,5559Open Road
9The Wind Rises$412,000-54%305-191$1,351$4,260,9214Disney
10Philomena$410,000-40%502-168$817$36,640,16217Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$405,000-41%286-73$1,416$116,336,91412Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$362,000-42%281-31$1,288$26,765,35220Focus
13Lone Survivor$267,000-36%316-156$845$124,570,89112Universal
14Tim's Vermeer$218,17529%10944$2,002$1,010,5397Sony Pictures Classics
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,00073%268135$765$424,338,88117Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$153,000-62%278-258$550$23,393,8805Universal
17That Awkward Moment$131,000-40%122-66$1,074$25,845,7217Focus
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$130,00017%15245$855$50,277,6449Paramount
19Repentance$103,000-65%126-31$817$1,116,6253Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20August: Osage County$100,000-20%2037$493$37,468,75712Weinstein Company
21Nebraska$71,000-62%120-60$592$17,609,23618Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,640,034349%6662$55,152$4,778,9742Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$120,000--6--$20,000$120,0001Focus
3The Lunchbox$97,386-15%185$5,410$314,8123Sony Pictures Classics
4The Great Beauty$93,297-40%73-4$1,278$2,602,44818Janus Films
5Particle Fever$89,618109%1411$6,401$178,8722Abramorama / Bond 360
6Gloria (2014)$78,850-32%73-3$1,080$1,900,8548Roadside Attractions
7The Face of Love$56,700130%2118$2,700$89,9992IFC Films
8Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$49,7002%3613$1,381$190,9544IFC Films
9I, Frankenstein$48,000-32%76-16$632$19,058,8788Lionsgate
10Le Week-End$45,000--3--$15,000$45,0001Music Box Films
11The Art of the Steal (2014)$38,500--60--$642$38,5001RADiUS-TWC
12Ernest & Celestine$36,468233%93$4,052$68,3543GKIDS
13Stalingrad (2014)$33,000-70%70-73$471$960,4423Sony / Columbia
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,000-86%50-254$420$127,343,44513Paramount
16Labor Day (2013)$15,000-66%42-42$357$13,362,3377Paramount
17Generation War$12,000106%60$2,000$74,0459Music Box Films
18On My Way$11,100--1--$11,100$11,1001Cohen Media Group
19Big Men$9,050--1--$9,050$9,0501Abramorama
2020 Feet from Stardom$8,902-65%18-37$495$4,928,65840RADiUS-TWC
22The Retrieval$6,400--1--$6,400$6,4001Variance Films
23Beijing Love Story$4,500-64%4-2$1,125$423,5985China Lion Film
24The Word$3,720--1--$3,720$3,7201Scarlet Sky Productions
25In Bloom$616-73%1-3$616$37,25410Big World Pictures
26Cutie and the Boxer$42033%42$105$199,46531RADiUS-TWC