'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 Sat, Jun. 1 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 1 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sum of All Fears$13,307,69432%3,183--$4,181$23,359,2841Paramount
2Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$9,151,21671%3,1610$2,895$225,835,3673Fox
3Spider-Man$6,426,47073%3,646-230$1,763$349,647,0435Sony / Columbia
4Undercover Brother$5,200,63642%2,167--$2,400$8,852,0891Universal
5Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron$4,652,55667%3,36245$1,384$34,880,0122DreamWorks
6Insomnia (2002)$4,517,11962%2,6100$1,731$38,964,3122Warner Bros.
7Enough$2,943,06342%2,6230$1,122$25,356,2372Sony / Columbia
8About a Boy$1,852,87553%1,7567$1,055$26,785,5123Universal
10The New Guy$605,46139%1,676-698$361$26,444,6894Sony / Columbia