'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Aug. 10 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 10 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sixth Sense$4,421,8252%2,161--$2,046$35,127,7091Disney
2Runaway Bride$2,738,9484%3,1613$866$78,828,5702Paramount
3The Thomas Crown Affair$1,719,19915%2,427--$708$17,503,4601MGM
4Inspector Gadget$1,361,18715%2,862-15$476$66,678,4023Disney
5Mystery Men$1,249,3663%2,136--$585$12,486,6091Universal
6The Haunting$849,0279%2,88117$295$78,968,3533DreamWorks
7American Pie$682,09713%1,795-641$380$86,792,2385Universal
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace$376,50824%1,199-429$314$413,461,21412Fox
9Wild Wild West$84,863-4%1,157-994$73$110,903,8846Warner Bros.