'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, May. 13 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 13 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible III$10,380,11638%4,0595$2,557$77,996,5992Paramount
2Poseidon$8,334,99413%3,555--$2,345$15,728,7841Warner Bros.
3RV$3,958,96669%3,536-115$1,120$39,627,5483Sony / Columbia
4Just My Luck$2,216,7438%2,541--$872$4,265,9541Fox
5An American Haunting$1,464,32922%1,70328$860$9,921,3702Freestyle
6United 93$1,450,12441%1,87152$775$24,525,2073Universal
7Stick It$1,337,50218%2,009-35$666$21,450,9613Disney
8Ice Age: The Meltdown$1,334,772109%1,879-547$710$186,392,5247Fox
9Silent Hill$927,51434%1,888-668$491$43,923,4874Sony / Columbia
10Akeelah and the Bee$919,09767%1,176-1019$782$13,074,2933Lionsgate