'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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 27 - Sun, Nov. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Home Alone 2: Lost in New York$28,616,454-8%2,2319$12,827$59,743,3362Fox
3The Bodyguard$16,611,793--1,717--$9,675$24,402,2971Warner Bros.
4Bram Stoker's Dracula$9,848,470-34%2,4910$3,954$55,391,8423Columbia
5Malcolm X$8,561,890-13%1,249125$6,855$18,433,0152Warner Bros.
6Passenger 57$3,808,979-15%1,854-120$2,054$25,904,5904Warner Bros.
7A River Runs Through It$3,090,8933%1,0800$2,862$21,676,8338Columbia
8Under Siege$2,420,106-2%1,560-197$1,551$56,403,0048Warner Bros.
9The Last of the Mohicans$1,520,997-19%1,195-277$1,273$43,644,43310Fox
10The Mighty Ducks$1,303,280-38%1,481-227$880$37,458,4319Disney