'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, Jan. 2 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 2 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stuart Little$5,307,534-22%2,9000$1,830$80,572,8183Sony / Columbia
2The Talented Mr. Ripley$4,064,881-34%2,3092$1,760$39,772,1902Paramount
3Toy Story 2$4,033,955-19%3,102-49$1,300$208,854,3646Disney
4Any Given Sunday$3,895,328-37%2,5050$1,555$45,779,6022Warner Bros.
5The Green Mile$3,871,584-34%2,8750$1,347$77,103,3034Warner Bros.
6Galaxy Quest$2,935,959-34%2,44230$1,202$27,311,5372DreamWorks
7Bicentennial Man$2,587,374-29%2,7670$935$39,723,8623Disney
8Anna and the King$1,809,796-25%2,129-3$850$24,846,0543Fox
9Man on the Moon$1,808,847-36%2,0790$870$24,551,2362Universal