'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, Nov. 9 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
18 Mile$18,562,654-5%2,470--$7,515$38,136,8181Universal
2The Santa Clause 2$10,756,57980%3,3522$3,209$52,027,3182Disney
3The Ring$6,320,09124%2,927119$2,159$81,525,1204DreamWorks
4I Spy$3,764,46441%3,1820$1,183$22,116,5212Sony / Columbia
5jackass: the movie$2,864,30720%2,5322$1,131$51,353,9473Paramount
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,660,41566%1,975-2$1,347$177,857,54530IFC Films
7Sweet Home Alabama$1,679,58846%2,004-437$838$117,565,2367Disney
8Ghost Ship$1,307,66538%2,361-426$554$25,271,7623Warner Bros.
9Femme Fatale$1,124,32324%1,066--$1,055$2,683,7161Warner Bros.
10Punch-Drunk Love$1,080,54837%1,29341$836$13,881,1745Sony / Columbia