'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 Sun, Nov. 16 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 16 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elf$7,229,670-39%3,38144$2,138$70,360,0122New Line
2Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$6,313,675-41%3,101--$2,036$25,105,8821Fox
3The Matrix Revolutions$4,172,522-43%3,5020$1,191$114,271,0752Warner Bros.
4Brother Bear$3,826,596-33%3,0300$1,263$63,057,0713Disney
5Looney Tunes: Back in Action$2,814,913-35%2,903--$970$9,316,3691Warner Bros.
6Love Actually$2,301,716-39%1,177601$1,956$18,863,8192Universal
7Scary Movie 3$1,341,748-53%2,960-328$453$102,351,4724Miramax / Dimension
8Radio$1,064,746-52%2,416-395$441$43,520,4834Sony / Columbia
9Mystic River$783,689-50%1,550-31$506$45,571,7225Warner Bros.
10The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$611,244-47%1,607-771$380$77,661,4945New Line