'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, Jul. 11 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 11 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie$5,818,324-5%2,912--$1,998$54,268,2841Miramax / Dimension
2The Perfect Storm$3,022,414-3%3,4070$887$106,329,1102Warner Bros.
3The Patriot$1,807,491-2%3,0610$590$69,104,7962Sony / Columbia
4Disney's The Kid$1,749,519-3%2,167--$807$16,240,9611Disney
5Me, Myself & Irene$1,092,9483%2,996-91$365$69,589,5743Fox
6The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle$533,694-2%2,48222$215$17,155,5102Universal
7Gone in 60 Seconds$514,3895%1,871-780$275$87,550,0855Disney
8Big Momma's House$476,4943%1,926-466$247$104,578,3506Fox
9Mission: Impossible II$371,5404%2,057-610$181$204,743,3447Paramount
10Gladiator (2000)$276,2749%1,210-201$228$174,498,68110DreamWorks