'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 Sun, Nov. 14 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 14 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pokemon: The First Movie$8,974,903-31%3,043--$2,949$50,823,1101Warner Bros.
2The Bone Collector$3,087,278-39%2,5947$1,190$35,490,2432Universal
4The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc$1,698,786-31%2,147--$791$7,164,9381Sony / Columbia
5Anywhere But Here$1,321,410-45%1,672--$790$5,606,9191Fox
6The Insider$1,240,988-46%1,83324$677$14,031,1202Disney
7House on Haunted Hill (1999)$1,058,801-44%2,530-180$418$34,849,7443Warner Bros.
8The Bachelor$987,711-53%2,5242$391$14,291,6882New Line
9The Best Man$648,108-37%1,053-237$615$18,434,3594Universal
10Light it Up$624,681-38%1,219--$512$3,091,8101Fox