'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, Jan. 18 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kangaroo Jack$7,424,58599%2,818--$2,635$11,147,9511Warner Bros.
2National Security$6,055,91235%2,729--$2,219$10,540,1511Sony / Columbia
3Catch Me If You Can (2002)$4,955,61266%3,050-175$1,625$131,738,2724DreamWorks
4Just Married$4,819,84729%2,7693$1,741$30,102,7672Fox
5The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$4,521,78570%3,110-367$1,454$294,815,8065New Line
6A Guy Thing$2,665,2838%2,515--$1,060$5,129,9301MGM
7Two Weeks Notice$1,778,60551%2,240-515$794$83,851,0445Warner Bros.
8Gangs of New York$1,690,94173%2,170-170$779$59,436,5625Miramax
9Maid in Manhattan$1,361,97459%2,171-755$627$87,472,1596Sony / Columbia
10Antwone Fisher$1,300,13176%1,02114$1,273$13,563,9375Fox Searchlight