'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, Jul. 2 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 2 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1War of the Worlds$23,182,0296%3,908--$5,932$80,784,9181Paramount
2Batman Begins$5,675,57024%3,765-93$1,507$145,714,6813Warner Bros.
3Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$3,902,94521%2,985-280$1,308$140,491,0444Fox
4Bewitched$3,262,6826%3,18814$1,023$35,855,5052Sony / Columbia
5Herbie: Fully Loaded$3,152,5895%3,5210$895$32,484,4412Disney
8Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$1,504,04726%1,759-612$855$364,168,9607Fox
9The Longest Yard (2005)$1,275,45022%1,790-726$713$147,005,5586Paramount
10George A. Romero's Land of the Dead$968,80212%2,2534$430$15,331,7762Universal