'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 Mon, May. 1 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 1 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1United 93$969,871-68%1,795--$540$12,446,9421Universal
2RV$888,262-80%3,639--$244$17,302,9031Sony / Columbia
3Silent Hill$744,083-69%2,9326$254$35,011,9682Sony / Columbia
4The Sentinel$524,912-72%2,85132$184$26,251,0392Fox
5Scary Movie 4$467,620-75%3,418-256$137$78,634,8973Weinstein / Dimension
6Stick It$462,277-80%2,038--$227$11,265,2821Disney
7Ice Age: The Meltdown$370,189-83%3,122-418$119$178,232,0185Fox
8Akeelah and the Bee$323,450-80%2,195--$147$6,335,5561Lionsgate
9The Wild$227,412-86%2,605-249$87$28,738,3033Disney
10The Benchwarmers$221,204-80%2,695-399$82$52,985,6174Sony / Columbia