'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 Fri, Jan. 23 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 23 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Butterfly Effect$6,044,402--2,605--$2,320$6,044,4021New Line
2Along Came Polly$5,031,829244%2,99511$1,680$41,944,1882Universal
3Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!$2,634,689--2,711--$972$2,634,6891DreamWorks
4Big Fish$1,964,064202%2,438-76$806$43,790,7137Sony / Columbia
5Cheaper by the Dozen$1,540,646318%2,810-215$548$117,690,3115Fox
6The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$1,509,203135%2,558-445$590$332,547,4616New Line
7Torque$1,307,802201%2,4630$531$14,094,0422Warner Bros.
8Cold Mountain$1,286,736140%2,8020$459$68,864,9995Miramax
9Something's Gotta Give$1,075,633135%2,143-359$502$104,108,1787Sony / Columbia
10Mystic River$738,7052300%1,3271194$557$56,150,22515Warner Bros.