'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, Aug. 10 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1XXX$15,234,181-12%3,374--$4,515$32,545,4531Sony / Columbia
3Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$6,497,10825%3,307--$1,965$20,008,9331Miramax / Dimension
4Austin Powers in Goldmember$5,103,51222%3,508-105$1,455$164,009,7053New Line
5Blood Work$2,883,58023%2,525--$1,142$5,230,9491Warner Bros.
6The Master of Disguise$1,940,44015%2,5683$756$22,280,3952Sony / Columbia
7Road to Perdition$1,790,14957%2,211-121$810$83,009,7085DreamWorks
8Stuart Little 2$1,069,30348%2,382-713$449$52,115,6544Sony / Columbia
9Men in Black II$867,22936%2,076-826$418$185,906,3756Sony / Columbia
10K-19: The Widowmaker$385,29936%1,781642$216$32,675,3574Paramount