'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, Mar. 15 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 15 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$18,773,45641%3,954--$4,748$32,110,9381Fox
210,000 B.C.$7,006,04342%3,4100$2,055$56,756,5192Warner Bros.
3College Road Trip$3,572,32567%2,7060$1,320$22,106,9782Disney
4Never Back Down$3,213,557-3%2,729--$1,178$6,522,6581Summit
5Vantage Point$2,458,89748%2,761-402$891$57,918,4704Sony / Columbia
6The Bank Job$2,154,28050%1,61310$1,336$11,798,1642Lionsgate
8Semi-Pro$1,264,74634%2,270-851$557$28,980,0133New Line
9The Other Boleyn Girl$1,196,32433%1,21245$987$18,362,8673Sony / Columbia
10The Spiderwick Chronicles$1,022,50075%2,407-839$425$64,647,1775Paramount