'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. 23 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 23 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$10,686,948-35%3,464--$3,085$38,330,3091Universal
2Elf$5,054,025-39%3,3810$1,495$94,741,3113New Line
3Gothika$4,973,335-35%2,382--$2,088$19,289,6641Warner Bros.
4Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$3,958,352-41%3,1010$1,276$47,278,4762Fox
5Love Actually$2,222,899-41%1,690513$1,315$30,438,6963Universal
6The Matrix Revolutions$1,970,749-35%3,024-478$652$125,384,5373Warner Bros.
7Brother Bear$1,634,178-35%2,885-145$566$70,320,7964Disney
8Looney Tunes: Back in Action$1,361,216-30%2,9030$469$14,890,7532Warner Bros.
9Scary Movie 3$684,783-53%2,359-601$290$106,485,8075Miramax / Dimension
10Radio$568,716-52%1,925-491$295$47,083,9355Sony / Columbia