'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, Feb. 16 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Spiderwick Chronicles$8,057,18282%3,847--$2,094$14,866,7291Paramount
3Step Up 2 the Streets$7,307,73614%2,470--$2,959$20,292,4181Disney
4Fool's Gold$5,501,75542%3,1250$1,761$38,328,9812Warner Bros.
5Definitely, Maybe$3,945,55632%2,204--$1,790$10,063,8141Universal
6Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins$3,771,42668%2,3870$1,580$26,254,2182Universal
7Juno$1,952,22465%1,865-456$1,047$122,604,3678Fox Searchlight
8The Bucket List$1,812,08473%2,307-446$785$79,844,3566Warner Bros.
927 Dresses$1,329,72449%1,936-905$687$68,982,0805Fox
10The Eye (2008)$1,297,81840%2,129-341$610$25,371,6463Lionsgate