'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 Wed, May. 29 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$3,196,542-10%3,1610$1,011$208,047,6772Fox
2Spider-Man$1,851,288-8%3,876261$478$337,500,5954Sony / Columbia
3Insomnia (2002)$1,804,066-9%2,610--$691$29,845,0171Warner Bros.
4Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron$1,371,938-2%3,317--$414$25,988,2611DreamWorks
5Enough$988,822-14%2,623--$377$19,347,1671Sony / Columbia
6About a Boy$638,856-1%1,749542$365$23,040,2582Universal
8The New Guy$325,154-5%2,374-313$137$25,058,3703Sony / Columbia
9The Scorpion King$121,882-6%1,524-1031$80$88,167,5036Universal
10Changing Lanes$116,826-1%1,258-900$93$64,571,0687Paramount