'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, Feb. 1 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 1 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Recruit$6,864,79129%2,376--$2,889$12,193,3591Disney
2Final Destination 2$6,650,89617%2,834--$2,347$12,351,0601New Line
3Kangaroo Jack$4,302,719129%2,8480$1,511$43,018,7203Warner Bros.
4Biker Boyz$4,146,07718%1,766--$2,348$7,657,3131DreamWorks
5Darkness Falls$3,136,47731%2,86528$1,095$20,322,2722Sony / Columbia
6Catch Me If You Can (2002)$2,417,77071%2,316-460$1,044$150,920,5336DreamWorks
7The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$2,340,00092%2,175-491$1,076$314,498,8467New Line
8Just Married$2,224,12047%2,408-297$924$48,652,2914Fox
9About Schmidt$2,100,84173%1,2360$1,700$41,304,6618New Line
10National Security$1,999,43767%2,494-235$802$31,232,7853Sony / Columbia