'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, Feb. 18 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 18 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Eight Below$8,414,36265%3,066--$2,744$13,508,0151Disney
2Date Movie$7,097,7994%2,896--$2,451$13,937,0501Fox
3The Pink Panther (2006)$7,094,87674%3,4770$2,041$36,864,6802Sony / Columbia
4Curious George$5,105,703107%2,5726$1,985$25,731,2052Universal
5Final Destination 3$4,062,10542%2,8800$1,410$32,644,7982New Line
6Firewall$3,909,05966%2,8400$1,376$24,582,2752Warner Bros.
7Freedomland$2,376,68031%2,361--$1,007$4,190,1021Sony / Columbia
8When a Stranger Calls (2006)$2,049,16036%2,629-375$779$39,828,3803Sony / Screen Gems
9Big Momma's House 2$2,009,47682%2,039-694$986$59,997,8634Fox
10Nanny McPhee$1,580,87184%2,001-147$790$36,588,7884Universal