'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, Feb. 4 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 4 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boogeyman$8,059,525--3,052--$2,641$8,059,5251Sony / Screen Gems
2The Wedding Date$4,226,912--1,694--$2,495$4,226,9121Universal
3Hide and Seek$3,119,328191%3,0050$1,038$29,928,9172Fox
4Are We There Yet?$2,679,967400%2,79080$961$43,338,3793Sony / Columbia
5Million Dollar Baby$2,626,047158%2,02515$1,297$28,552,1438Warner Bros.
6The Aviator (2004)$1,633,104185%2,53027$645$72,122,1277Miramax
7Meet the Fockers$1,502,954195%2,504-502$600$261,860,4767Universal
8Sideways$1,451,575196%1,78692$813$43,461,94616Fox Searchlight
9Coach Carter$1,386,001271%2,5740$538$56,492,0484Paramount
10In Good Company$1,136,520213%1,943-17$585$38,562,4826Universal