'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, Aug. 1 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 1 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Village$12,886,931-26%3,730--$3,455$50,747,2971Disney
2The Bourne Supremacy$7,186,360-25%3,18015$2,260$98,830,0092Universal
3The Manchurian Candidate (2004)$5,905,627-26%2,867--$2,060$20,018,1971Paramount
4I, Robot$3,113,737-25%3,204-290$972$115,039,3333Fox
5Spider-Man 2$2,668,612-24%3,001-752$889$344,436,5525Sony / Columbia
6Catwoman$1,949,850-21%3,1170$626$29,777,6042Warner Bros.
7Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle$1,744,349-2%2,135--$817$5,481,4591New Line
8A Cinderella Story$1,474,846-18%2,350-275$628$40,326,0063Warner Bros.
9Fahrenheit 9/11$1,028,105-17%1,217-638$845$109,469,3126Lionsgate
10Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy$953,769-18%2,032-904$469$78,167,7734DreamWorks