'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 Thu, Apr. 13 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 13 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rules of Engagement$1,148,8454%3,155--$364$19,665,5371Paramount
2Erin Brockovich$690,1132%3,00496$230$92,289,5174Universal
3Return to Me$603,291-4%2,007--$301$10,245,1831MGM
4The Road to El Dorado$439,1161%3,2235$136$26,888,4422DreamWorks
5The Skulls$349,7180%2,4164$145$21,698,3702Universal
6High Fidelity$317,8750%1,22946$259$14,200,7922Disney
7Romeo Must Die$286,6191%2,289-352$125$47,158,9643Warner Bros.
8American Beauty$266,488-1%1,934-56$138$116,299,00130DreamWorks
9Ready to Rumble$251,038-5%2,585--$97$6,465,9031Warner Bros.
10Mission to Mars$107,4019%1,594-911$67$56,594,2895Disney