'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, Nov. 27 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$11,751,895-42%3,8580$3,046$201,012,1382Warner Bros.
2Walk the Line$3,997,368-48%3,138177$1,274$54,008,5602Fox
3Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$3,468,851-49%3,206--$1,082$24,320,5061Paramount
4Chicken Little$2,581,863-46%3,475-39$743$118,398,2054Disney
5Rent$1,897,736-50%2,433--$780$17,139,2791Sony / Columbia
6Just Friends$1,896,571-48%2,505--$757$13,247,8231New Line
7Pride & Prejudice (2005)$1,595,913-43%1,2991078$1,229$16,040,3493Focus
8Derailed$920,384-52%2,061-386$447$29,306,5553The Weinstein Company
9In the Mix$826,839-56%1,608--$514$6,140,4991Lionsgate
10Zathura$788,478-41%2,620-612$301$25,841,2323Sony / Columbia