'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. 28 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 28 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Simpsons Movie$23,799,764-23%3,922--$6,068$54,558,7441Fox
2I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry$7,299,88018%3,5016$2,085$66,045,8782Universal
3Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$7,073,29340%4,005-280$1,766$236,844,7003Warner Bros.
4Hairspray (2007)$6,072,72417%3,1210$1,946$55,029,7862New Line
5Transformers$4,667,51341%3,349-413$1,394$281,003,1424Paramount / DreamWorks
6No Reservations$4,498,47713%2,425--$1,855$8,496,0561Warner Bros.
8Live Free or Die Hard$2,336,16342%2,271-456$1,029$123,757,5895Fox
9I Know Who Killed Me$1,186,109-11%1,320--$899$2,513,7591Sony / Columbia
10Who's Your Caddy?$1,105,67316%1,019--$1,085$2,058,6331MGM / Weinstein