'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, Apr. 8 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 8 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: The Meltdown$15,773,88183%3,9695$3,974$106,316,8862Fox
2The Benchwarmers$8,539,09125%3,274--$2,608$15,343,6391Sony / Columbia
3Take the Lead$4,922,49217%3,009--$1,636$9,116,6661New Line
4Inside Man$4,329,72763%2,86737$1,510$63,865,8503Universal
5Lucky Number Slevin$2,958,49927%1,984--$1,491$5,281,6491MGM / Weinstein
6Failure to Launch$2,007,73656%2,616-458$767$78,312,0465Paramount
7ATL$1,638,05836%1,6020$1,023$16,350,6642Warner Bros.
8V for Vendetta$1,507,22449%2,003-907$752$61,412,8314Warner Bros.
9Phat Girlz$1,339,61739%1,060--$1,264$2,301,8061Fox Searchlight
10She's the Man$997,28143%2,126-426$469$29,337,7494Paramount / DreamWorks