'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, Sep. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

1The Game Plan$22,951,574--3,103--$7,397$22,951,5741Disney
2The Kingdom$17,136,607--2,793--$6,136$17,136,6071Universal
3Resident Evil: Extinction$8,036,432-66%2,8280$2,842$36,826,4282Sony / Screen Gems
4Good Luck Chuck$6,244,121-54%2,6120$2,391$23,512,9132Lionsgate
53:10 to Yuma (2007)$4,208,410-32%3,006104$1,400$43,952,3074Lionsgate
6The Brave One$3,720,078-49%2,83782$1,311$30,837,0673Warner Bros.
7Mr. Woodcock$2,947,402-40%2,195-42$1,343$19,586,0103New Line
8Eastern Promises$2,939,153-48%1,4084$2,087$11,283,0623Focus
9Sydney White$2,570,141-51%2,1062$1,220$8,450,2142Universal
10The Bourne Ultimatum$1,745,684-39%1,461-548$1,195$222,789,8449Universal