'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 Fri, Feb. 23 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 23 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghost Rider$5,895,274177%3,6201$1,629$64,856,8072Sony / Columbia
2The Number 23$5,697,972--2,759--$2,065$5,697,9721New Line
3Reno 911!: Miami$4,099,981--2,702--$1,517$4,099,9811Fox
4Bridge to Terabithia$3,485,268160%3,1390$1,110$36,132,0842Disney
5Norbit$2,850,298209%3,1457$906$67,786,2413Paramount / DreamWorks
6Music and Lyrics$2,582,118215%2,9550$874$26,646,6602Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls$1,384,621203%2,1110$656$21,701,8842Lionsgate
9The Astronaut Farmer$1,368,678--2,155--$635$1,368,6781Warner Bros.
10Because I Said So$900,664138%1,936-510$465$36,411,6164Universal