'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 Wed, Sep. 13 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 13 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Covenant$502,925-11%2,681--$188$10,515,2551Sony / Screen Gems
4The Illusionist (2006)$399,6342%1,362391$293$19,110,2754Yari Film Group
5Little Miss Sunshine$393,2613%1,560-42$252$42,628,3617Fox Searchlight
6Invincible (2006)$389,9741%2,98766$131$46,606,9723Disney
7The Protector (2006)$360,609-13%1,541--$234$6,229,7461The Weinstein Company
8The Wicker Man (2006)$298,378-4%2,7840$107$18,333,3972Warner Bros.
9Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$214,7000%2,617-384$82$142,816,4746Sony / Columbia
10World Trade Center$181,951-6%2,674-228$68$67,862,5845Paramount