'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, Jun. 24 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 24 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Click$14,303,150-1%3,749--$3,815$28,729,4501Sony / Columbia
3Nacho Libre$4,645,99318%3,08313$1,507$49,100,6502Paramount
4The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift$3,651,71215%3,0303$1,205$40,176,5712Universal
5Waist Deep$3,600,6869%1,004--$3,586$6,901,1741Rogue
6The Lake House$3,461,69222%2,6450$1,309$27,241,1752Warner Bros.
7The Break-Up$2,673,09934%2,906-240$920$102,303,4674Universal
8Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties$2,020,55932%2,98135$678$14,820,7822Fox
9X-Men: The Last Stand$1,962,61139%2,408-404$815$223,037,5435Fox
10The Da Vinci Code$1,678,45753%1,911-502$878$204,316,9326Sony / Columbia