'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 Thu, Jul. 10 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 10 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$10,486,806-22%3,023--$3,469$23,995,8830Disney
2Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$3,688,179-8%3,504149$1,053$90,837,5581Warner Bros.
3Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$2,703,778-7%3,3500$807$50,868,0241MGM
4Finding Nemo$1,872,411-1%2,712-190$690$282,603,4396Disney
5Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$1,601,8040%3,4850$460$74,389,2502Sony / Columbia
6Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$1,076,382-4%3,0860$349$14,494,5951DreamWorks
828 Days Later$753,161-3%1,40789$535$24,199,3632Fox Searchlight
9Bruce Almighty$485,5962%1,929-68$252$230,823,1177Universal
10The Italian Job$467,310-9%1,5840$295$86,096,2576Paramount