'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, Jan. 29 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$1,353,6833%3,1010$437$61,555,3022Sony / Columbia
2A Beautiful Mind$895,96919%2,23712$401$94,535,2694Universal
3The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)$868,6345%2,007--$433$13,073,8101Disney
4The Mothman Prophecies$749,0306%2,331--$321$12,664,6091Sony / Screen Gems
5I Am Sam$674,97218%1,268--$532$9,565,8255New Line
6A Walk to Remember$603,451-2%2,411--$250$13,399,4651Warner Bros.
7The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$592,09513%2,703-563$219$259,564,6016New Line
8Snow Dogs$496,873-19%2,440138$204$39,924,3352Disney
9Kung Pow! Enter the Fist$319,079-15%2,478--$129$7,714,2401Fox
10Ocean's Eleven$246,03717%2,010-660$122$176,429,3378Warner Bros.