'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, Mar. 3 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 3 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
116 Blocks$3,732,845--2,706--$1,379$3,732,8451Warner Bros.
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion$3,482,451248%2,1940$1,587$38,581,7382Lionsgate
3Ultraviolet$3,301,355--2,558--$1,291$3,301,3551Sony / Screen Gems
4Dave Chappelle's Block Party$2,652,978--1,200--$2,211$2,652,9781Rogue
5Eight Below$2,559,014204%3,12250$820$51,059,1433Disney
7The Pink Panther (2006)$1,808,540259%3,024-289$598$64,593,3664Sony / Columbia
8Date Movie$1,751,019296%2,603-295$673$37,329,8713Fox
9Firewall$1,051,927160%2,212-528$476$39,960,9464Warner Bros.
10Curious George$932,835165%2,590-19$360$45,714,6134Universal