'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 Tue, May. 18 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 18 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Troy$4,214,820-8%3,411--$1,236$55,656,6701Warner Bros.
2Van Helsing$1,359,135-5%3,5805$380$87,885,5302Universal
3Mean Girls$649,6655%3,01543$215$56,675,5503Paramount
4Man on Fire (2004)$466,7366%2,650-196$176$65,078,5964Fox
513 Going on 30$316,44616%2,656-502$119$49,108,5024Sony / Columbia
6Breakin' All the Rules$295,514-11%1,318--$224$5,716,0541Sony / Screen Gems
7Kill Bill Vol. 2$230,6309%1,401-551$165$61,297,1365Miramax
8Laws of Attraction$177,18714%2,003-446$88$15,643,9663New Line
9New York Minute$172,5664%3,0060$57$11,121,2042Warner Bros.