'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, Jul. 14 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 14 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$28,310,15210%4,285--$6,607$116,758,9561Warner Bros.
2Transformers$14,495,57534%4,05039$3,579$212,310,2782Paramount / DreamWorks
4Live Free or Die Hard$4,646,92243%3,201-210$1,452$99,933,6853Fox
5License to Wed$2,884,80622%2,715111$1,063$28,323,9892Warner Bros.
6Evan Almighty$1,968,09230%2,697-763$730$86,371,8734Universal
71408$1,923,95618%2,206-425$872$60,741,5204MGM / Weinstein
8Knocked Up$1,513,11840%1,710-503$885$137,133,8257Universal
9Ocean's Thirteen$836,15641%1,244-858$672$111,954,9166Warner Bros.
10Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$681,31648%1,312-1306$519$126,701,9685Fox