'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 Sat, May. 22 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek 2$44,797,45758%4,163--$10,761$94,083,4441DreamWorks
2Troy$10,098,49441%3,4110$2,961$79,282,5002Warner Bros.
3Van Helsing$4,545,16554%3,418-162$1,330$97,467,3033Universal
4Mean Girls$3,007,56044%3,05439$985$62,897,7664Paramount
5Man on Fire (2004)$1,626,53169%2,104-546$773$68,373,1505Fox
6Breakin' All the Rules$1,286,78957%1,3180$976$8,315,4282Sony / Screen Gems
713 Going on 30$1,094,28750%2,028-628$540$51,389,9945Sony / Columbia
8New York Minute$549,99760%2,360-646$233$12,214,2843Warner Bros.
9Laws of Attraction$424,30355%1,010-993$420$16,637,2884New Line