'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. 15 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 15 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible III$1,875,972-74%4,0595$462$86,977,5242Paramount
2Poseidon$1,564,231-76%3,555--$440$23,721,9581Warner Bros.
3RV$516,923-86%3,536-115$146$43,786,5043Sony / Columbia
4Just My Luck$359,393-75%2,541--$141$6,051,6041Fox
5United 93$337,667-67%1,87152$180$25,892,6213Universal
6An American Haunting$326,450-64%1,70328$192$11,144,2112Freestyle
7Silent Hill$226,231-60%1,888-668$120$44,714,7754Sony / Columbia
8Ice Age: The Meltdown$192,570-84%1,879-547$102$187,762,5477Fox
9Stick It$183,934-74%2,009-35$92$22,329,7123Disney
10Akeelah and the Bee$170,789-82%1,176-1019$145$14,180,1083Lionsgate